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Friday, 16th April 2010

Seasonal Allergies Getting Worse From Climate Change

Seasonal Allergies Getting Worse From Climate Change
Source: National Wildlife Federation

Spring is in the air, and it’s a mixed blessing for America’s 25 million allergy sufferers. A new report says many allergy triggers are worsening as a result of climate change unless action is taken to curb global warming pollution and prepare communities for the changes to come.

Tree pollen is the most common trigger for spring hay fever allergies. With spring arriving 10 to 14 days earlier than it did just 20 years ago, pollination is already starting sooner. New maps in the report show projected increases in habitat conducive to more allergenic trees. Nine states in the upper Midwest, lower Mississippi Valley, and Northeast are identified as hotspots for large increases in allergenic tree pollen if global warming pollution increases unabated. An additional seven states are at risk of moderate increases...

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