Australia's allergen monitoring not up to scratch in the face of climate change

The nation is highly vulnerable to more thunderstorm asthma events and needs better equipment to track allergens, says researcher

Australia’s systems for monitoring threats from allergens such as pollen are not fit for purpose, despite a growing need due to climate change, warns a researcher after reviewing the evidence.

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Two years after Melbourne experienced the world’s largest thunderstorm asthma event, triggering thousands of ED presentations and 10 deaths, authorities remain ill-equipped to predict future episodes, according to Macquarie University environmental health scientist Associate Professor Paul Beggs.