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Climate Change Makes Me Sick!: Allergies
"Climate Change Makes Me Sick" is PSR's Spring 2016 campaign highlighting the many ways that climate change harms our health. The campaign features a series of e-postcards, each displaying a different health impact. Below, you will also find more detailed information, resources, and opportunities to take climate-protective action.
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How does climate change impact my allergies?
- Warming temperatures lead to an earlier flowering time and an extended allergy season. This prolongs the suffering of people with seasonal nasal allergies.
- Higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere not only increase climate change, they also alter the growth process of certain plants, especially those which are most allergenic.
- Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are emitted when fossil fuels are burned. Besides harming the lungs directly, NOx are part of the formation of ground-level ozone.
- Ozone and NOx both contribute to chemical modifications in allergenic proteins, making pollens more potent.
- Nearly 30% of people worldwide suffer from seasonal nasal allergies.
What can I do to help fight climate change?
Take a look at our other postcards: