Climate Change Is Pumping More Pollen Into Allergy Season

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Chattanooga, Tennessee—

 

 

Snow last week, rain throughout the week, sunshine yesterday… If that’s not a sign of climate change I don’t know what is! Climate change could make allergy season start earlier and last longer by the end of the century. University of Michigan scientists used computer models and found that climate change will lead to a shift in the spring and fall pollen seasons by the end of the century, leading to more pollen being unleashed annually. They note this will aggravate asthma and hay fever, which currently 10 to 30 percent of the world’s population suffers with. The scientists say this finding can be “a starting point for future investigations into the consequences of climate change on pollen emissions and also the subsequent health impacts.”

 

(PopSci