Climate Change Push Puts Asthma In Spotlight



Flower_PollenThe connection between climate change and health remains a hot topic. Many doctors and scientists believe climate change is one factor behind the prevalence of asthma and allergies and the recent extreme pollen seasons in some areas of the country. Allergy & Asthma Network recently addressed climate change in its spring issue of Allergy & Asthma Today magazine. 

On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the White House hosted a Summit on Climate Change and Public Health, bringing together health and medical professionals, academics, and other stakeholders to empower people and communities with the information and tools they need to protect public health in the face of climate change. Allergy & Asthma Network President and CEO Tonya Winders was among the participants at the Summit. 

Allergy & Asthma Network is part of a coalition of public health organizations that issued a position statement as part of the National Dialogue: A Declaration on Climate Change and Health

Join the conversation:

  • On Tuesday, June 30th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM ET the American Lung Association in Virginia in partnership with the Allergy & Asthma Network will be hosting a webinar to discuss the Surgeon General’s comments and how we can work together to ensure that decision makers are made aware of the public health dangers of climate change. We have also gathered a panel of experts in policy, asthma education, and medicine to help unpack the Surgeon General’s remarks and guide discussion. This distinctive group will also field questions from participants, and provide opportunities for action around climate change and public health. To register for the webinar, click here. Sign up now, we have a limited number of spots.

More information:

  • A recent American Thoracic Society survey of healthcare professionals revealed that a majority are observing increases in chronic disease severity due to air pollution and allergy symptoms from exposure to pollen and mold.
  • In April, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy hosted a Twitter chat on climate change, following the administration’s announcement of new initiatives: “Climate change means higher temperatures overall and it means longer and hotter heat waves,” Murthy said in a video posted during his April 9 Twitter chat using the hashtag #AskTheSurgeonGeneral. “It means worse air in cities and increasing ground level ozone and particulate matter, both of which are associated with a variety of significant health impacts… Climate change can also mean earlier springs and longer summers, which in turn can mean longer allergy seasons. If you put all of this together, climate change could expose people to triggers that cause asthma attacks and other respiratory diseases.”
  • Other Administration climate change initiatives include increasing local air quality monitoring in communities; assisting cities in using data to help reduce carbon emissions; and partnering with communities, businesses and universities to help patients and physicians better prepare for the health impacts of climate change.