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Attila J. Hertelendy, Courtney Howard, Roberto de Almeida, Kate Charlesworth, Lwando Maki
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Fire & Climate
Human Dimensions of Fire Management
Smoke & Air Quality
Smoke & Populations

NRFSN number: 23835
FRAMES RCS number: 64408
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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.


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.

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