Allergies Increase with Climate Change

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Lillyana Petlock , Writer

In recent years, climate change has negatively affected the environment around us. With recent studies, climate change will not only be affecting the environment but, also allergy sufferers. According to a recent study by William Anderg, biologist at University of Utah, he explains, “The strong link between warmer weather and pollen season provides a crystal-clear example of how climate change is already affecting people’s health across the U.S.” With temperatures increasing, climate change  has made pollen season last longer and has worsened the affects of the pollen. 

A study of this exact situation was made back in 2010 by the AAFA and the National Wildlife Federation. The AAFA and NWF predicted 11 years ago that increase in temperatures would not only affect allergy sufferers but, also people with asthma. Asthma attacks will become more common with the increase of poor air quality. AAFA and NWF highly suggests that if a person goes outside they must double-check the air quality before stepping outside.

The temperature is  a large contributor to increase of pollen. A study by AAFA and NWF states that, “their studies have also found increasing pollen loads in many regions and, in controlled greenhouse settings, that warmer temperatures and higher carbon-dioxide concentrations increase plant pollen production.”

Over a hundred years ago in the 1800s, humans have been putting CO2 into the atmosphere. Nothing was of concern until the 1980s. Between those times, scientists have studied the affects of climate change and what CO2 is doing to the atmosphere. Now today, in 2021, climate change is no longer destroying plants and animals. Climate change is now affecting the air that we breathe.