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An unhealthy ozone and ragweed pollen may be worsened by our changing climate, according to the report, “Sneezing and Wheezing” a 2015 update published by the National Resources Defense Council. It is bad news for the millions of Americans who suffer from asthma and allergies. The report states 109 million Americans are at risk with one in three living in the “sneeziest and wheeziest” cities and regions that can worsen symptoms.
The report is among the first to look at the ragweed prevalence and high ozone smog combination. “2014 was the hottest year on Earth since recordkeeping began in 1880, and ten of the previous warmest years on record occurred since 2001,” researchers wrote. “The scientific consensus is that climate change is the driving force behind these rising temperatures.”