EXPERT REACTION: Trump signs order to remove Obama's climate change policies

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Period29 Mar 2017

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  • TitleEXPERT REACTION: Trump signs order to remove Obama's climate change policies
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletAustralian Science Media Centre Inc. (scimex science media exchange)
    Media typeWeb
    Description Dr Paul Beggs is an Associate Professor at and Deputy Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Macquarie University

    "The continuing increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is directly resulting in increasing exposure to airborne allergens such as pollen.

    The warming of the Earth’s atmosphere, also a result of the increasing carbon dioxide, is also resulting in increased exposure to allergens. For example, research published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America shows that the length of the ragweed pollen season in North America has already increased due to the recent warming of the atmosphere.

    This threatens the health of many millions of asthma and hay fever sufferers in countries such as the US.

    As the unprecedented November 2016 thunderstorm asthma epidemic in Melbourne, Australia, clearly highlighted, our weather, our climate, and the allergens that are suspended in our atmospheric environment can all interact to rapidly and unpredictably overwhelm asthma and hay fever sufferers with severe symptoms as well as the emergency services and health and medical services that care for them.

    Put simply, climate change is making it harder for us to breathe."

    Last updated: 29 Mar 2017 3:21pm
    PersonsPaul Beggs