Like you, I thought that there was no link between Allergies and Climate Change…..But
A long-term study conducted by Rutgers University released in 2013 reported that tree season has “been creeping up in length about a half day for the past 20 years” due to climate change. This study also referenced separate research that found a correlation between “seasonal warming and a longer ragweed season in some parts of central North America.”
Researchers are predicting that 2014 will be one of the worst allergy seasons on record.
According to data from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), bright, colorful flowers are unlikely culprits since their sweet scents attract insects that transfer the large waxy pollen from plant to plant via their bodies. However, the trees and plants that are “ignored” by the insects (due to their lack of smell) and rely on the wind to carry the powder-like pollen tend to cause the most allergic reactions.
Whether you’re suffering from mild or severe allergies, make sure to wear a mask when spending time outdoors. A National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) rated N95 level filter mask can be used to reduce exposure to the dust and pollen particles.
Pollen is higher on windy and humid days and lower on rainy and cooler days.