The Big Sneeze: Climate Change to Make Pollen Season Nastier

Climate change has already made allergy season longer and pollen counts higher, but you ain’t sneezed nothing yet.

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FILE - Floodwaters surround a bur oak tree southwest of Columbia, Mo., on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. A study published Tuesday, March 15, 2022, in the journal Nature Communications details how warmer temperatures and extra carbon dioxide in the air will make pollen season even more of a bother than it is now. (Kate Seaman/Missourian via AP, File)
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Climate change has already made allergy season longer and pollen counts higher, but you ain’t sneezed nothing yet. Climate scientists at the University of Michigan looked at 15 different plant pollens in the United States and used computer simulations to calculate how much worse allergy season will likely get by the year 2100. It’s enough to make allergy sufferers even more red-eyed. As the world warms, allergy season will start weeks earlier and end many…

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