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A Less Pleasin’ Season for Sneezin’ and Wheezin’

October 22, 2007

Cleveland, OH - Ohioans who suffer from allergies and asthma have a whole new reason to dread global warming. A new report says the state could see more intense, and possibly longer, ragweed allergy seasons as a result of climate change.

Report author Kim Knowlton, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, says ragweed is a very common allergen, which is likely to grow longer and stronger with higher temperatures. Combined with possible increases in carbon dioxide and ozone levels, Knowlton says the results could be a double-whammy for people already sensitive to pollutants and pollen.

"We're really concerned that each of these, ozone and ragweed pollen -- which have a bad effect on human health already -- could get worse as global warming continues. There's a pretty wide prevalence of ragweed across the state of Ohio, and some areas where unhealthy ozone levels already tend to occur in a typical year."

In addition to taking steps to combat global warming, Knowlton would like to see better monitoring of local pollen and ozone levels, as well as more public outreach to prepare people who must take health precautions related to air quality.

Read the report online, at

Rob Ferrett/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OH