Have you wondered why the pollen allergy season keeps getting worse? I know I have.
In the article: it explains that climate changes are causing the pollen allergy season to be worse and to last longer.
According to a new study published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health, pollen counts have been increasing across the globe due to a rise in average temperatures every year. And faster climatic changes are making things worse than usual. For instance, Alaska has been facing a high allergy risk because its climate is warming twice as fast as the overall average.
Seasonal allergies present one of the most prominent examples of how global warming is increasing the risk of health issues. Allergies are responsible for causing health issues, and they will continue to do so in the future.
Director of the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Center of Alaska Jeffrey Demain said, “It’s very strong. In fact, I think there’s irrefutable data. It’s become the model of health impacts of climate change.”
The article also explains:
According to the study, higher carbon dioxide concentrations in air encourage plants to produce more pollen.
It is noticed that higher concentration of pollen means the higher number of seeds and ultimately, more ragweed. If the temperature is warm, the spring is about to start soon and winter arrives late. This gives more time to pollen producers to give away their particles in the air.
Lewis Ziska, a research plant physiologist at the US Department of Agriculture stated, “What happens is if the tree during the previous year has had a ‘good season,’ it tends to load up on carbs so that in the spring, it has a lot of carbs to put out for flower production. When that happens, you can get a large bloom, and the consequences of that are inherent in the amount of pollen that’s being produced.”
But not only is there more pollen, but the pollen is also becoming more potent!
Therefore, not only the higher concentration or large quantity pollens is causing allergies but also the pollen itself is more responsible for such reaction.
So, it is not just more pollen; the pollen itself is becoming more potent in causing an immune response. Scientists estimate that pollen concentration of all varieties will double by 2040 in some parts of the country because of greenhouse gas emissions.
Just what we allergy suffers need, not just more pollen, but pollen that is more potent.
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