For many years scientist have known about climate change and the negative consequences that it poses. One issue I haven’t thought about is the role of climate change and allergies. A study by the United States Department of Agriculture that included assistant professor, Christine Rogers, from UMass Amherst, links a longer allergy season with the climate change. Due to higher temperatures and a delay of frosts in the northern latitudes, the ragweed season is ending up to a month later resulting in longer periods of unpleasant and harmful effects. For the reason that the conditions for the plants to survive are lasting longer, such as warmer temperatures and access to sunlight, the plans consequently live longer into the year, proving undesirable for those with allergies.
Webmd.com reports that at least one in five Americans suffer from allergies, and these are the people who are going to be miserable for a longer period of time as well as being unable to focus. Studies report that allergies are on a gradual increase for the population as a whole, suggesting that for the people who find this article irrelevant at the moment, may too suffer from allergies in the future.
The study’s findings suggest that we need to plan and adapt for the many changes that come along with global warming, including wide swings in temperature, precipitation, and longer allergy seasons. The full article, with details, can be found on the University of Massachusetts Daily Collegian online website under the title ‘Climate change linked to longer allergy season.’
Written by: Jaymin Patel