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Health impacts of bushfire smoke exposure in Australia

Author(s): Clare M. Walter, Elena K. Schneider-Futschik, Luke D. Knibbs, Louis B. Irving
Year Published: 2020

Smoke exposure from bushfires, such as those experienced in Australia during 2019-2020, can reach levels up to 10 times those deemed hazardous. Short‐term and extended exposure to high levels of air pollution can be associated with adverse health effects, although the most recent fires have brought into sharp focus that several important knowledge gaps remain. In this article, we briefly identify and discuss the existing Australian evidence base and make suggestions for future research.

Citation: Walter, Clare M.; Schneider-Futschik, Elena K.; Knibbs, Luke D.; Irving, Louis B. 2020. Health impacts of bushfire smoke exposure in Australia. Respirology 25(5):495-501. https://doi.org/10.1111/resp.13798
Topic(s): Smoke & Air Quality, Smoke & Populations
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 21311
FRAMES RCS number: 60925
Record updated: Jun 2, 2020