Climate change issued another effect on the environment and, this time, it has direct consequences on our lives. As the weather has gotten significantly warmer, the pollen concentration in the atmosphere has become a lot higher in several states. This affects people who are sensitive to pollen, causing the allergy season to start a lot earlier than usual.
There’s a huge pollen concentration in the atmosphere this month
Atlanta is one of those states that is seriously affected by a high pollen concentration. On April 11th, researchers measured a peak level of pollen in the atmosphere, and broke a new record since 2015. Throughout the entire week, they expect pollen levels to get even higher but, fortunately, they will decrease by the weekend.
More precisely, the current pollen concentration in Atlanta is, according to the Allergy and Asthma department, 5,098 parts per million. This is a huge quantity, and is about 400 times the number recorded in the atmosphere at the beginning of the month.
However, Atlanta is not the only state that is hit by an unusually early allergy season. Georgia and Florida, for instance, are experiencing high pollen counts since the middle of March. Given the data collected so far, the situation is bound to remain the same in April as well.
The allergy season now starts a lot earlier and lasts more
Usually spring allergies start kicking in during winter, and they last until the end of spring. Some of them might even stay around until summer, as the pollen concentration in the atmosphere is getting higher and higher. Researchers blame greenhouse gas emissions and, implicitly, climate change, for this prolonged allergy period.
They performed a few studies, and found some interesting results. They discovered that higher temperatures, as well as higher carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere increase the production of pollen. Therefore, not only the climate and weather changes, but also the quantities of pollen that end up in the air.
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