Could thunderstorm asthma worsen with climate change?

In November last year, a thunderstorm hit Victoria that resulted in 8500 people seeking hospital treatment and ten fatalities in the week after the storm hit.

This wasn’t due to lightning, heavy rain or flooding – it was because of pollen.

Last week, a group of medical researchers and scientists met in Victoria at the Thunderstorm Asthma Symposium to look at what happened last November, how we can deal with these events and more generally, what is thunderstorm asthma?


  • Alfredo Huete – Distinguished Professor from the Climate Change Cluster at the University of Technology Sydney.

Producer: Jake Morcom.

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