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Climate Change’s Reach Expands Further Yet

Posted in Climate Change,President Obama by Ryan on the April 8th, 2015

President Obama took to blaming climate change as a contributing factor in his daughter’s asthma as a child, and encourages action on climate to prevent more asthma related incidents.


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I believe the logic follows that warmer temperatures increases the duration and volume of pollen during the spring, thus exacerbating asthmatic reactions and thus the potential for attacks. It is spelled out here at this NIH website.

Increase carbon dioxide concentrations and temperatures, thereby affecting the timing of aeroallergen distribution and amplifying the allergenicity of pollen and mold spores

 

It didn’t take long for some to point out other likely culprits.

 

If you go to the CDC website on Asthma and second hand smoke (yes, there is a page dedicated to the subject) you learn the following:

Tobacco smoke is one of the most common asthma triggers. Tobacco smoke—including secondhand smoke—is unhealthy for everyone, especially people with asthma.

 

Topping the CDC’s list of Common Asthma Triggers?

  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Dust Mites
  • Outdoor Air Pollution
  • Cockroach Allergen
  • Pets
  • Mold
  • Smoke From Burning Wood or Grass

 

But just like Michelle Obama’s trip to Target, it’s possible that Malia’s asthma will be repurposed by Obama at some point should a politically convenient opportunity arise.

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