Climate connected with health issues

Pollen is really starting to make some headway here in the Valley. It's one of the health impacts President Obama is taking action against.

He's doing so first by declaring April 6-12 National Public Health Week.

"If the expert predictions are correct, the climate change would have a significant impact on allergies and asthma," said Shashi Kumar, MD. 

Those are just two impacts President Obama wants to protect Americans against. The President outlined the impacts in a detailed report that says researching climate data could alleviate health problems like allergies that many of us are dealing with right now.

Physicians and researchers are able to connect warmer temperatures to increasing allergy patients for a longer period of time for both indoor and outdoor allergens. 

"So as the temperatures rise and the carbon dioxide levels rise, then the trees and plants will start pollinating early, and they pollinate heavily, and the season lasts longer," said Kumar.

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health is part of the President's plan. It's one of 30 institutions committed to incorporating climate change into its program.

"Environmental health is a core discipline of public health education, training, and research," said UAB Dean's Office School of Public Health. "By increasing the visibility of environmental needs, public attention becomes focused in ways that can ultimately improve the public's health."

"Again this is something that is predicted that by 2040, the pollen count may be twice as high." said Kumar. 

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