Reid CE and Maestas MM

Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine

Published date March 25, 2019

Wildfire smoke exposure under climate change: impact on respiratory health of affected communitie

  • States that only one study has investigated long-term respiratory health impacts of wildfire smoke, and few studies have estimated future health impacts of wildfires under likely climate change scenarios
  • Finds that wildfire activity has been increasing over the past several decades and is likely to continue to do so as climate change progresses, which, combined with a growing population, means that population exposure to and respiratory health impacts of wildfire smoke is likely to grow in the future