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The Pollen-ocalypse is coming.
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Allergy season is upon us once again. And if it seems like your allergies are getting worse year after year, its not just your imagination.

Pollen is a fine powder produced as part of the sexual reproductive cycle of many varieties of plants. As climate change warms the planet, pollen production is ramping up. And thats becoming a problem, whether you suffer from seasonal allergies or not.

Sources & further reading:

Why allergy season gets worse every year
https://www.vox.com/2019/4/8/18300342/pollen-season-2019-allergies-climate-change

Effects on pollen allergies on emergency room visits
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018GH000153

Effects of temperature on pollen production in Northern Hemisphere
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2542519619300154?via%3Dihub&for-guid=a3a12ea2-bd65-e711-b65f-90b11c343abd&utm_source=usatoday-Climate%20Point&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=narrative&utm_term=article_body

National Wildlife Federation report
https://www.aafa.org/media/1634/extreme-allergies-global-warming-report-2010.pdf

Climate Central report Effect of CO2 on pollen production
https://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/graphics/more-co2-more-pollen

Note: The headline for this video has been updated since publishing.
Previous headline: Climate change is making allergy season worse

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