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Global Warming Triggers Earlier Pollen

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A recent study conducted by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals climate change is now responsible for earlier pollen seasons, triggering allergic reactions among citizens up to 20 days sooner than expected.

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  • “A longer pollen season poses real threats to individuals suffering from allergy as well as the U.S economy,” asserts environmental health Professor Amir Sapkota from the University of Maryland. Professor Sapkota states that pollen is a principal “risk factor for allergic diseases such as hay fever and asthma exacerbation.”
  • He continues to say that asthma nets a loss of about 80 billion dollars to the U.S economy “in terms of treatment and loss of productivity” every year. Sapkota recently found a correlation between early spring and increased risk in asthma hospitalizations. An early spring means a prolonged allergy season that will only get worse as carbon dioxide eating plants continue to increase pollen levels. This is bad news for individuals with allergies.
  • Dr. Stanley Fineman, the ex-president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, advises that “Pollen really follows the temperature. There’s not a question.” His statement supports the evidence given in the studies mentioned above. A warmer planet means a shorter winter and early spring. Early spring equals trees and plants blooming sooner than we’re used to, and they both produce more pollen when exposed to carbon dioxide.
  • The PNAS data confirms that pollen loads are up 21% since 1990. This is the most accurate study ever produced for pollen research in relation to climate change with 60 different reporting stations across Canada and the United States. Southern and Midwestern regions appear to be the most at risk.

It appears as though climate change is becoming more of a threat to individuals on a personal scale. Proper awareness is recommended to subvert long term medical conditions.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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