Climate Change Might Increase Allergy Cost, Reports SayApril 15th, 2010 - 7:15 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez
Apr 15, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The increase in climatic changes could have much wider ramifications than what was perceived earlier. Global warming might turn into a major cause of concern among allergy sufferers, according to a recent report.
In a report that has been released by the National Wildlife Federation in association with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, it has come to light that global warming may play a significant role in escalating the production of allergy inducing pollens in parts of United States. The increasing temperatures of the planet would result in longer growing seasons which would increase the amount of pollens, thus posing a severe threat to the allergy sufferers in most parts of the densely populated two-third part of the country. The revelations of the report is being considered to be a major cause of concern owing to the fact that if the climate change scenario indeed turns out to be as acute as has been reported, then the total cost of allergy and allergy provoked asthma in the country is likely to shot beyond the present $32 billion.
While divulging details about the report, Amanda Staudt, associated with the wildlife federation, has added that due to climatic changes, allergy causing trees such as oaks, hickories might be replace trees which do not cause allergies. This would result in an increasing number of people being exposed to different kinds of allergy triggers. The climate scientist further implied that the situation remains quite bleak as ragweed, which is known to be the biggest allergy trigger in United States, develops more quickly with the increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
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