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Climate Change Could Be Linked to Pollen Levels

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  This week, Nashville was expected to have two days with very high pollen levels. That could cause all sorts of problems for allergy sufferers.

And it turns out things could just get worse for folks allergic to pollen year after year.

A study from Rutgers University said global climate change may be to blame for an increase in pollen worldwide, so the study said the allergies people are experiencing now could just get worse in the years to come.

"Anytime you have the warmer temperatures for longer periods of time then you can have a growing season that's extended too," said Brian Todd with the Metro Public Health Department.

That growing season is what sends pollen through the air and what causes the runny noses, watery eyes and scratchy throats that so many of us hate.

The study shows climate change may double the amount of pollen by 2040.


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