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A Case Study on Climate Change and Allergies


Juanita Constible
Climate and Clean Air Program
Natural Resources Defense Council
Luke Sandro
Science (Biology)
Springboro High School
Richard E. Lee, Jr. (rr)
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.


Climate change; global warming; allergy; allergies; allergenic pollen; allergens; allergic rhinitis; asthma; hay fever

Topical Areas

Scientific argumentation

Educational Level

High school, Undergraduate lower division



Type / Methods

Role-Play, Student Presentations



Subject Headings

Biology (General)  |   Public Health  |   Environmental Science  |   Climatology / Meteorology  |  

Date Posted


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