New Study Shows Iowa’s Growing Season Is Messing with Your Allergies
Have you ever noticed your allergies getting worse and worse? Well, there is a reason for it!
As the weather gets warmer and the grass gets greener, the pollen also pays us a visit. But climate change is not going to make pollen season any easier to deal with.
In data released by Climate Central, higher carbon dioxide levels can increase pollen production.
And with the length of the growing season increasing this means the length of pollen season is also getting longer. Since 1970, we have seen the growing season increase by about 20 days.
So where does the carbon dioxide come in?
So, while the growing season is increasing the number of days we are dealing with pollen, carbon dioxide is affecting its intensity.
According to the data, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere can boost plant growth which leads to more pollen production in grasses and ragweed.
Looking at the US’s carbon emissions, at the rate we are going, we could see up to a 200 percent increase in pollen production by the end of the century, according to a study in Nature Communications.
As we have longer and more intense pollen days, there is going to be the potential for more serious consequences for people with respiratory illnesses.
For example, around 60 percent of people with asthma have allergic asthma. This is usually where pollen would trigger asthmatic reactions. With a more intense and longer pollen season, we are looking are reactions becoming more severe.