A Case Study on Climate Change and Allergies
Climate and Clean Air Program
Natural Resources Defense Council
Springboro High School
Department of Zoology
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.
KeywordsClimate change; global warming; allergy; allergies; allergenic pollen; allergens; allergic rhinitis; asthma; hay fever
Topical AreasScientific argumentation
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division
Type / MethodsRole-Play, Student Presentations
Subject HeadingsBiology (General) | Public Health | Environmental Science | Climatology / Meteorology |