A recent report from the ‘Covering Climate Now’ collaboration states “the climate crisis is making people sicker – worsening illnesses ranging from seasonal allergies to heart and lung disease.”
A global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets established the campaign to strengthen coverage of the climate emergency. The Guardian in the UK’s report, under the headline “Like a sunburn on your lungs”, sets out the impacts already being felt across a wide range of health conditions.
For seasonal (pollen) allergies, increasing temperatures cause plants to produce pollen for longer periods. At the same time, increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can make plants grow more, produce more pollen, and increase their ‘allergenicity’.
This has the effect of ‘intensifying’ the allergy seasons, which are becoming longer and causing more severe symptoms.
For information on how to manage your seasonal allergies, see ‘How to manage your spring allergy’ in this issue