Mold, Inglorious Mold

Even when flood waters recede from Houston and recovery efforts begin, another catastrophe will slowly unfold: Health issues from mold.

Flooding often means a new ecosystem of fungal growth flourishes, and the health effects—as demonstrated by New Orleans’ experience after Hurricane Katrina—can ripple out over years. Living with mold has been shown to cause respiratory symptoms, asthma, allergies and immunological reactions. Some molds emit volatile chemicals that experts believe affect the human nervous system.

Despite the likelihood of more extreme weather events, funding to study mold has been slashed under the Trump administration, writer James Hamblin notes.

Source: The Atlantic

Related: Apres Le Deluge: Infectious Disease Risks and Hurricane Harvey – Tracking Zebra

Related: Weather-related disasters are increasing – The Economist

Related: Houston is paying the price for public officials’ ignorance – The Washington Post

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