Adaptation to Impacts of Climate Change on Aeroallergens and Allergic Respiratory Diseases

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com]   Paul J. Beggs (Macquarie University) has just published a new paper which looks at the impacts of climate change on allergic respiratory diseases.  Climate change has the potential to have many significant impacts on aeroallergens such as pollen and mould spores, and therefore related diseases such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. This paper critically reviews this topic, with a focus on the potential adaptation measures that have been identified to date. These are aeroallergen monitoring; aeroallergen forecasting; allergenic plant management; planting practices and policies; urban/settlement planning; building design and heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC); access to health care and medications; education; and research.  The introduction to Paul’s paper reads:

Although research on the physical science and impacts of climate change will continue into the future, there is now a considerable body of research on the impacts of climate change on aeroallergens and allergic respiratory diseases, and adaptation responses to these impacts. Although this impacts research has been reviewed by several authors recently, an overview and critical review of the adaptation responses has not yet been conducted. This is the aim of this paper. In the following sections, climate change (both observed in the recent past and projected into the future) is described, followed by a summary of the potential impacts of these changes on aeroallergens and allergic respiratory diseases, with the latter placed in context through a synthesis of the research on the public health importance of these diseases. The major focus of the paper is a review of adaptation responses to these potential impacts, including: aeroallergen monitoring; aeroallergen forecasting; allergenic plant management; planting practices and policies; urban/settlement planning; building design and heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC); access to health care and medications; education; and research.

Read the full paper in PDF format by clicking here.

Citation: Beggs P.J. Adaptation to Impacts of Climate Change on Aeroallergens and Allergic Respiratory Diseases. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2010; 7(8):3006-3021.

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