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Climate Change and Health

In 2010, AAFA and the National Wildlife Federation created a report titled, Extreme Allergies and Climate Change, about the impact of climate change on Americans with asthma and allergies.

This report talks about how climate change will affect pollen, mold and poison ivy. More pollen, mold and poison ivy can increase the risks for asthma and allergy attacks. Climate change can also make air pollution worse. This can increase the risk and severity of asthma attacks. Our report lists steps you can take to help reduce your allergy risks.

Does Climate Change Affect Health?

Climate change is an environmental issue. It is also a serious threat to our public health.

The government has a plan to address climate change and its health threat. Rising temperatures caused by climate change lead to longer allergy seasons and worsen air quality. Long allergy seasons can cause more allergies and asthma attacks.

Between 1995 and 2011, warmer temperatures in the U.S. have caused the pollen season to be 11 to 27 days longer. These warmer temperatures create more pollen in the air, stronger airborne allergens and more allergy symptoms.

People living with asthma and allergies can do a few things to reduce the risks and impact of climate change:

  • Ask your doctor for advice on how to avoid places or situations that can cause an asthma attack or allergic reactions.
  • Before leaving your home, check the Air Quality Index to see how polluted the air is in your area. This will help you protect yourself before you go outside.
  • Advocate and support policy makers to act to reduce climate change and its impact on human health.

To take action against climate change, visit AAFA’s Action Network!

Download PDFs

Read the full report and see what you can do to reduce your allergy risk:
Extreme Allergies and Climate Change Download PDF

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