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Climate Change and Allergic Airway Disease Kick-Off

September 22, 2010 – Previous research has identified links between climate factors, such as temperature or precipitation, rising CO2 concentrations, and the production and distribution of pollen and mold, two allergens that influence the incidence of asthma and allergic rhinitis. Predicted climate-related increases in humidity and precipitation in certain regions of the U.S. may expand favorable conditions for the growth of allergens such as molds associated with asthma incidence and symptoms. Given the costs in health and quality of life imposed by allergic illness in the U.S., it is important to understand future impacts associated with global climate changes. EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research, Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grantees will discuss the objectives, approaches, and plans for their new research projects with scientists from EPA, state agencies, other federal agencies, and industry.

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