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Impacts of climate change on allergy season

Studies show that allergy season is getting longer and more intense and that climate change could be to blame. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released the top 100 cities that are the most difficult to live in for spring and fall allergies in 2021. Grand Rapids came in at 24 out of 100.

The organization further reported that both spring and fall pollen has gotten longer and more intense each year.

AAFA cited several studies that indicate human-induced climate change to be the dominant contributor to the recent increases in the length and intensity of pollen season. This begins with the human-induced greenhouse gas emissions increasing our levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. Several studies have shown that higher levels of CO2 are directly related to higher pollen levels. If one goes up, so does the other.

The President and CEO of AAFA, Kenneth Mendez, explained that this is actually more common in larger cities, like Grand Rapids.

“You’d think that if you’re out in the countryside that is surrounded by trees or other things would make allergies more intense, but it’s actually worse in cities,” Mendez said. “This is because the impacts of climate change […]

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