A Deadly Side Effect To Climate Change: Thousands Of Deaths From Inhalation Of Wild Fires’ Smoke
A new study projects that worsening wild fires could lead to more than double the amount of smoke deaths a year. Meanwhile, experts discuss the lingering public health threat from the California fires.
Another Potential Climate Calamity
As climate change makes wildfires more intense, U.S. deaths from chronic inhalation of smoke could climb to 40,000 per year -- that's more than double the current number of 15,000 deaths per year, according to a recent study. While the study's co-author Jeff Pierce cautioned that more research must be done, he said the model shows "smoke concentrations will roughly double and this will counteract a lot of improvements gained from a reduction in emissions from human sources, such as power plants." (Fiore, 9/11)
Urban Wildfires Bring Lingering Worries About What’s In The Ash And Air
For weeks, smoky, unhealthy air from large wildfires has plagued much of the West Coast and beyond. What's the public health impact of an increase of urban wildfires, in which homes and other structures burn? (Wise, 9/11)