Pollen Counts Rising With Global Warming

I am fairly familiar with the various catastrophic consequences of global warming, having paid a bit of attention to the issue lately.

But I had not heard of the fact recently explained at Climate Progress that on top of all the other misery, global warming will also increase pollen counts, making allergies and asthma worse.

Actually that might already be happening in Japan right now. Since last week, the pollen numbers are off the charts high. As Rocketnews reports here, the numbers for the past weekend alone exceeded all of 2012 added up. They have also published some helpful maps like the one below from the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health:

The reason for this high pollen count is that last summer was hot.

If so, as far as the extra heat of last summer was caused by global warming, this may be the first time I personally am affected directly by global warming. I have hay fever, and this season is not very pleasant.

And since Japan is an island nation, there is not much hope that all those cedar trees die off to leave a desert, which would brighten my mood somewhat.

But this situation makes it a great idea in my opinion to just burn all cedar trees planted in pollen flying distance from Tokyo, saving CO2 emissions by this massive use of biofuel in the process, and get rid of this problem for good.

Published by kflenz

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Author of Lenz Blog (since 2003, lenzblog.com).

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