ReportMarch 20, 2024

Climate Change & Children’s Health: Seasonal Allergies

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  • Nearly one-fifth of U.S. children (around 14 million) suffer from seasonal allergies.

  • Carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels makes plants produce more pollen, boosting allergy risks for kids. Carbon pollution warms the planet and extends the growing season — meaning children will experience longer, more intense exposure to seasonal allergens like pollen.

  • As the planet warms, children with allergies will experience worse health impacts, including an increase in emergency room visits for asthma attacks from pollen exposure. 

  • Parents and caregivers can protect children’s health, now and in the future, by minimizing the harmful effects of seasonal allergies in a changing climate.

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