Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?

You are not alone! Millions of people worldwide suffer from seasonal allergies and ragweed season is getting worse for many due to climate change. 

Airborne pollen from flowering plants causes this immune system response. Symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion and irritation, eye watering and irritation, throat inflammation and drowsiness.

A single plant can produce up to 1 BILLION grains of pollen each year.

These fine pollen particles have been measured in the air 400 miles out to sea.

 Ragweed is the true culprit of these allergies but goldenrod is falsely blamed for it.  

See the difference between ragweed and goldenrod below!

 

Did you know ragweed pollen season is a climate change indicator?

Firstly, a warmer climate means that many places will experience longer allergy seasons with higher pollen counts. According to a recent study, ragweed flowering season has already lengthened by 0.9 days per year worldwide.

Since Canada is warming at twice the global rate, the length of pollen season has been found to to extend by 25 days since 1995 in places like Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Secondly, the warmer temperatures and higher levels of CO2 enable the plants to grow more vigorously and produce more pollen than they otherwise would.

Preliminary studies suggest that the number of pollen allergy sufferers is expected to grow in connection with our changing climate. 

 

Learn more in this video below!

 

➡️  We want to know:

❓ Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Have you noticed a change in recent years?

Share your experience in the comments!

Fortunately, the roots of ragweed are small and shallow which means that a plant can be easily removed. Do yourself and your neighbours a favor and remove them if you spot them!

 

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