Dr. Epstein has just completed a study on how increased [CO.sub.2] accelerates and increases pollen production in ragweed, which is common throughout the U.S. and Canada.
In 1998, at least 5,438 people died of asthma in this country, and 423,000 were hospitalized for it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Breathing Problems: "Hotter weather means more ozone, or smog, is produced from the burning of fossil fuels, and that will cause more respiratory effects," says Dr. Rosenzweig. Already, approximately half of all Americans live in areas with unhealthy ozone levels, the American Lung Association reported in May 2002.
What You Can Do
To reduce exposure to allergens and lung Irritants:
* Check your local weather reports for air quality, including smog and pollen counts, before spending time out of doors. If outdoor air is polluted, keep windows closed. Exercise in early morning, before smog and pollen rise with the day's heat. For local air hotlines, call 800-LUNG-USA.
* Use a doormat to reduce tracking-in of dirt end particles. Leave shoes by door.
* Remove carpets, in which pollutants collect wash area rugs.
* Use HEPA filters, which remove microscopic pollen particles, in vacuum cleaners, airpurifying machines (see GG 90) and air conditioners.
* Take refuge in air-conditioned bookstores, museums, cafes or movie theaters when air is bad.
To help reduce global-warming gases:
* Choose energy-efficient electrical appliances
* Drive less: Walk, bike, skate, take public transportion. You'll also burn more calories (30% of Americans are obese).
* Ask Congress (202-224-3121) and the White House (202-456-1111) to preserve and enforce the Clean Air Act
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