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Main Title Impacts of climate change and variability on aeroallergens and their associated effects [electronic resource] /
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. National Center for Environmental Assessment.
Publisher Global Change Research Program, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Year Published 2008
Report Number EPA 600/R-06-164F
Stock Number PB2009-102026
OCLC Number 244483471
Subjects Climatic changes--Environmental aspects--Gulf Coast (US) ; Global warming--Environmental aspects--Gulf Coast (US) ; Allergens ; Respiratory allergy
Additional Subjects Climate change ; Allergens ; Air pollution effects(Humans) ; Pollen ; Mold ; Allergies ; Indoor air pollution ; Quality of life ; Economic impacts ; Surveys ; Aeroallergens
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EMAD  EPA/600/R-06/164F Region 6 Library/Dallas,TX 07/27/2010
NTIS  PB2009-102026 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation [108] . : digital, PDF file, col. ill.
This report presents a survey of the current state of knowledge of the potential impacts of climate change and variability on aeroallergens--pollen, mold, and indoor allergens--in the United States and the allergic diseases associated with them. Allergies are prevalent in the U.S. and impose substantial economic and quality-of-life burdens. A recent nationwide survey reported that 54.6 percent of people in the U.S. test positive for one or more allergens (American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, 1996-2005).
Title from PDF t.p. (viewed Aug. 27, 2008). "EPA/600/R-06/164F." "August 2008." Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Notes
Allergies and allergy-related illnesses are widespread in the U.S. and impose substantial economic and quality of life burdens. Changes in climate, including increased CO2 concentrations, could impact the production, distribution, and dispersion of aeroallergens; allergen content; and the growth and distribution of the weeds, grasses, tress, and mold that produce them. While the literature does not provide definitive data or conclusions on how climate change might impact aeroallergens and subsequently allergenic illnesses, some tentative conclusions can be drawn: Pollen production is likely to increase in many parts of the U.S. with the possible exception of the Southeast; Phenologic advance is likely to occur for numerous species of plants, especially trees; There will likely be changes in the distribution of pollen producing species, including the possibility of extinction in some cases; Intercontinental dispersal is possible, facilitating the introduction of new aeroallergens into the U.S.; and Increases in allergen content of some aeroallergens are possible.