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Wildfires: a conflagration of climate-related impacts to health and health systems. Recommendations from 4 continents on how to manage climate-related planetary disasters

Author(s): Attila J. Hertelendy, Courtney Howard, Roberto de Almeida, Kate Charlesworth, Lwando Maki
Year Published: 2021
Description:

The globe is struggling with concurrent planetary health emergencies: COVID-19 and wildfires worsened by human activity. Unfortunately, a lack of awareness of climate change as a health issue, as well as of the interconnections between biodiversity loss, habitat change, inequality, and zoonotic infections risks having decision makers and the health sector neglect opportunities that have the ability to reduce the risk of both in future years. A fundamental reorientation is required: we must move from ego to eco in order to improve our ability to thrive.

Citation: Hertelendy, Attila J.; Howard, Courtney; de Almeida, Roberto; Charlesworth, Kate; Maki, Lwando. 2021. Wildfires: a conflagration of climate-related impacts to health and health systems. Recommendations from 4 continents on how to manage climate-related planetary disasters. The Journal of Climate Change and Health 4:100054. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joclim.2021.100054
Topic(s): Fire & Climate, Human Dimensions of Fire Management, Smoke & Air Quality, Smoke & Populations
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Hot Topic(s): Smoke and Human Health
NRFSN number: 23835
FRAMES RCS number: 64408
Record updated: Nov 4, 2021