Climate Postcards: Climate Change Makes Me Sick!

Climate Postcards: Allergies

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Below, you will find detailed information, resources, and opportunities to take climate-protective action.

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.

How can I help fight climate change?

  • Use our postcards to query your federal, state or local government representatives: What are they doing to protect your community from the dangers to health posed by climate change?
    • Climate change is accelerated by burning fossil fuels. In order to slow climate change and protect air quality, we must replace fossil fuels with renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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