Climate change means that your seasonal allergies could become year-f*cking-round

Climate change means that your seasonal allergies could become year-f*cking-round
Source: Shutterstock / leungchopan
Source: Shutterstock / leungchopan

Climate change-related news is rarely uplifting, but this just sounds miserable. A new study has concluded that, because of a changing climate, "the number of people suffering hay fever from ragweed pollen could double in just 35 years," according to a press release from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K.

Dr. Iain Lake, of the university's School of Environmental Sciences, was the lead researcher on the study, which was published Thursday in the the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Lake and his team worked to "to quantify what the consequences of climate change on pollen allergy may be," he said in the release, and found that things are about to get way worse.

The culprit, a ragweed plant
Source: 
Eddy Risch/AP

According to this study, ragweed pollen season will start earlier and end later, and the concentration of ragweed pollen will be higher in a changing climate — meaning that more people will feel its effects. "Our research shows that ragweed pollen allergy will become a common health problem across Europe, expanding into areas where it is currently uncommon," Lake said in the release. 

This study looked specifically at the effects of climate change on allergies in Europe, but changes in the U.S. could be similar. "One would therefore assume that there would be impacts in the U.S. where ragweed is widespread," Lake told NBC's Today on Thursday. "However, without a specific U.S. study, it is impossible to be specific."

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Anna Swartz

Anna is a staff writer for Mic covering breaking news. She can be reached at aswartz@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Dozens killed in deadly car bomb attack in Kabul

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

‘Hot Mic’ podcast: Democratic brand, WH Communications Director, Jared Kushner to be questioned

Here are the important stories to know for Monday, July 24

New White House communications director Scaramucci says press briefings should be on-camera

If the new White House communications director gets his way, the press briefings could soon be recorded once again.

At least 8 dead, 30 injured in locked tractor trailer outside Walmart in Texas

Authorities told press that the deaths were caused by "a human trafficking crime."

Amid new revelations, here’s what we’ve learned about the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr.

The picture of Natalia Veselnitskaya is coming into clearer focus.

Republican Senator urges whoever leaked Russia/Sessions phone calls to release whole conversation

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants the person who leaked intelligence about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to come forward with more information.

Dozens killed in deadly car bomb attack in Kabul

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

‘Hot Mic’ podcast: Democratic brand, WH Communications Director, Jared Kushner to be questioned

Here are the important stories to know for Monday, July 24

New White House communications director Scaramucci says press briefings should be on-camera

If the new White House communications director gets his way, the press briefings could soon be recorded once again.

At least 8 dead, 30 injured in locked tractor trailer outside Walmart in Texas

Authorities told press that the deaths were caused by "a human trafficking crime."

Amid new revelations, here’s what we’ve learned about the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr.

The picture of Natalia Veselnitskaya is coming into clearer focus.

Republican Senator urges whoever leaked Russia/Sessions phone calls to release whole conversation

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants the person who leaked intelligence about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to come forward with more information.