There is a really great article posted on NRDC’s (National Resources Defense Council) blog — Simple Steps:
There’s Something in the Air: Allergies and Global Warming. Science writer and researcher, Catherine Zandonella concludes, based on a 2009 study: “Rising carbon dioxide levels are driving the growth of the plants that make us sneeze, wheeze and sniffle each spring, summer and fall.” As our climate warms, even slightly, more grasses, trees and flowers bloom. Intensified ozone pollution (linked to climate change) also exacerbates pollen counts and causes problems especially when ragweed is present. In some areas, it appears that pollen is perpetual.
I don’t know about you but my seasonal allergies last year (2009) and this year are out of control. After reading this article, it absolutely makes sense. Prior to 2009, I had been keeping my symptoms at bay; despite a few occasionally flareups, I hardly noticed them. Now they are on a rampage and although I don’t feel the effects of climate change, my nose and sinuses do.
Zandonella recommends that during high alert days, especially those that are sunny and wind free, try to stay inside and close windows. This may not always be possible if your work space uses natural ventilation. She also says that cleaning bedding often and vacuuming with a vacuum that uses a HEFA filter can help.
Based on my experiences working with naturopathic doctors and holistic wellness and nutrition professionals, I would advise doing a liver and colon cleanse at least twice a year. You can do this via a special diet, by taking natural supplements or a combination of both. Our liver is the body’s natural cleanser. However, we’ve been inundated by toxins in our environment and food supply and for many of us, our liver is overloaded and leaking. As a result, our immune system is affected and our ability to fight allergic reactions is slowed down or halted altogether. It’s best if you get advice from a holistic healthcare professional.
The final thing that we both recommend is to take action. “Tell your elected officials to support cap-and-trade legislation and the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES).” Sign up for NRDC’s newsletter and they will connect you to action alerts.
by Julie Gengo
I recently stumbled upon this very interested study on American’s perception of how global warming affects us and the world….A bit disturbing from my perspective as it substantiates our short-sighted approach to living. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big supporter of living in the moment however I strongly feel we have a responsibility to ourselves and more importantly future generations to provide a healthy, clean and livable environment. Mother Nature is a gift and I understand that when you are just trying to get by due to economic difficulties, She is often overlooked. What we may not understand completely is that She gives back and supports you in ways that we on too many occasions take for granted.
Maybe our actions do not directly affect our lives, but people in less and underdeveloped regions are feeling the effects of climate change NOW. They are starving and dying because of our over-use and disregard for anything or anyone but our immediate circle.
The good news is that you don’t have to give up your lifestyle choices, but rather rethink the way you make those choices and what tools you choose to facilitate your ability to thrive.
Wake up America. Your choices do matter. Conscious living is living in the moment but also living in a responsible way.
4.26.2009 The Environmental Inverted Pyramid by Nate Silver @ 9:49 AM
This Content This chart, adopted from a very interesting new survey (.pdf) of 2,164 American adults on climate policy, reveals part of the problem that advocates of more aggressive measures to curb climate change may be encountering as they seek to push forward initiatives like cap-and-trade. The survey, conducted by George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, reveals that Americans are concerned about global warming in the abstract — but perhaps only in the abstract. Just 32 percent of Americans think global warming will harm them “a great deal” or a “a moderate amount” personally. The further we get out from the individual, however, the more impactful people think climate change will tend to be: more impactful on their families than themselves; more impactful on their communities than their families; more impactful on their country than their communities; more impactful than other counties than on the United States; more impactful on future generations than the present one, and finally, more impactful on plants and animals than on humans. These beliefs are not necessarily irrational. Climate change probably will have more impact on the developing world than the developed one, and it almost certainly will have more impact on our children than it does on ourselves. Nevertheless, the fact that fewer than a third of Americans are worried about the effects that climate change will have on them personally strikes me as significant. Although more aggressive policy responses on climate change generally poll fairly well, they are also often the first things to be sacrificed in Americans’ minds when something else intervenes, such as a recession or higher energy prices. Advocates of cap-and-trade may need to find ways to personalize the terms of the debate. …see also cap-and-trade, environment