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By Fredrica Syren

I don’t know how many of you have been able to escape the unbelievable heat wave happening around the globe. This summer my family has been suffering from drought and plantsthe heat in both San Diego and Sweden. Noticing that out of the blue both my husband and son began coughing a lot, I did a little research and found something interesting.

During all these heat waves, when the ground gets very dry, plants tend to start protecting themselves to conserve water. That’s good for the plant but bad news for us. Plants are natural air purifiers for us humans since they absorb ozone and many other pollutants.

This is a huge problem for humans because three key ingredients — sunlight, hot air and pollution — create ground-level ozone, also known as smog, which is poor air quality. The research suggests that the increased ozone in the air can make people sick, and that they could even die.

Scientists say these “new” weather patterns with high, persistent heat and high humidity, which we’ve been experiencing here in San Diego and in Sweden, is a direct result of global warming. So, yes, our planet is warming up and slowly killing us as a consequence of the way we are treating it.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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