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A Case Study on Climate Change and Allergies

Co Authors:

Juanita Constible
Climate and Clean Air Program
Natural Resources Defense Council

Luke Sandro
Science (Biology)
Springboro High School

Richard E. Lee, Jr.
Department of Zoology
Miami University


As the carbon dioxide concentration of our atmosphere increases and our climate warms, the hay fever season seems to be getting longer and more severe. In this case study, students assume the a role of a public relations specialist contracted to communicate the link between climate change and pollen allergies. The activity focuses on the importance of scientific skills to careers outside science, and is most suitable for a lower-level introductory biology, human health, or environmental science course.

  • Work collaboratively on a problem.
  • Interpret and prioritize data.
  • Tell a story through graphics and text.
  • Defend an argument.
Keywords: Climate change; global warming; allergy; allergies; allergenic pollen; allergens; allergic rhinitis; asthma; hay fever
Topical Area: Scientific argumentation
Educational Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Role-Play, Student Presentations
Language: English
Subject Headings: Biology (General)   Public Health   Environmental Science   Climatology / Meteorology  
Date Posted: 03/16/09
Date Modified: N/A
Copyright: Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

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