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AH-CHOO!

A Case Study on Climate Change and Allergies


Author(s)

Juanita Constible
Climate and Clean Air Program
Natural Resources Defense Council
jconstible@nrdc.org
Luke Sandro
Science (Biology)
Springboro High School
lsandro@springboro.org
Richard E. Lee, Jr. (rr)
Department of Zoology
Miami University
leere@muohio.edu

Abstract

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.


Objectives

  • 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 Areas

Scientific argumentation

Educational Level

High school, Undergraduate lower division

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Role-Play, Student Presentations

Language

English

Subject Headings

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


Date Posted

03/16/09

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