US Climate and Health Alliance

Guest opinion: Climate change may be making you sneeze


If you’ve noticed prolonged and more pronounced allergy symptoms in recent years, it may not be your imagination, and you may be surprised to learn of the significant role that climate change is playing.Along with a whole host of other impacts to our state’s natural environment and economy, climate change is impacting those with allergies and asthma, making it harder for us to breathe easy.To put these impacts into perspective, respiratory allergies affect more than 50 million Americans and more than 34 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma. Both of these related diseases have increased over the past few decades. Allergic rhinitis (formerly known as hay fever) is the fifth leading chronic disease and the third among children under 18.

Resource Type
Magazine/newspaper article
Billings Gazette
Resource URL
April 27, 2016
Organization Type
Health and Human Impacts
Allergies Respiratory disease
Climate and Environmental Impact
Air pollution
Climate mitigation/GHG reduction

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