Impacts of climate change on aeroallergens and allergic respiratory diseases in children in rural areas

Paul John Beggs*

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    Abstract

    Impacts of climate change on aeroallergens and allergic respiratory diseases have been assessed and reviewed previously, but this previous research has not focussed on such impacts in children in rural areas. The aim of this chapter is to provide an up-to-date, international, and holistic review of this topic. The chapter includes, for the first time, an assessment of changes in two extreme events, thunderstorms and tropical cyclones, and the resulting impacts on aeroallergens and allergic respiratory diseases in children in rural areas. The impacts of climate change, and in particular increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and temperature, may include for some plant species increases in pollen production, atmospheric pollen concentration, and pollen allergenicity, an earlier start to the pollen season, and changes to plant and pollen spatial distribution, such as poleward and upward range shifts. Climate change may also have an impact on allergic respiratory diseases in children in rural areas through impacts of extreme events on aeroallergens, including 'thunderstorm asthma' and 'tropical cyclones, flooding and indoor mould'. Both mitigation and adaptation responses to these impacts are required. Examples of adaptation include enhanced aeroallergen monitoring and forecasting, tighter management of allergenic plant species, and continued research in particular aspects of this topic.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRespiratory Diseases
    Subtitle of host publicationCauses, Treatment and Prevention
    EditorsLuke Wagener, Noah Barfield
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherNova Science Publishers
    Pages111-124
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)9781619421103
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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