Pollen is in the air, and thus on cars, in your eyes, and sinuses. Photo illustion 4/4/07

Richmond is the “sneeziest and wheeziest” city in the nation according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group warning that climate change is increasing ground level ozone and causing shorter winters and longer ragweed growing seasons.

Richmond tops the list in part because it has also been at the top of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s “allergy capitals” list for two years in a row, said Juan Declet-Barreto, climate and health research fellow at the Council and co-author of the report , “Sneezing and Wheezing: How Climate Change Could Increase Ragweed Allergies, Air Pollution and Asthma.”

Here are the ten worst cities, according to the report.


• Richmond, Va.

• Memphis, TN

• Oklahoma City, OK

• Philadelphia, PA

• Chattanooga, TN

• Chicago, IL

• Detroit, MI

• New Haven, CT

• Allentown, PA

• Atlanta, GA

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