Bushfire smoke

The risks posed by bushfires and air quality are both predicted to worsen as a consequence of a rapidly warming climate. In this webinar, we heard from leading experts regarding hazard reduction strategies that balance bushfire, smoke pollution and health risks. This webinar featured leading experts including: Owen Price, Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong, Centre for Safe Air Chief Investigator, and Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires and the Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub Laurence McCoy, Superintendent and Manager of Predictive Services, NSW Rural Fire Service Merched Azzi, Atmospheric Research Scientist at the NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water The discussion and a Q&A was facilitated by Dr Sabrina Idrose, Centre for Safe Air postdoctoral research fellow and webinar coordinator.
Webinar flyer, image of Fay Johnston
As Australians, we think about landscape fires primarily in terms of bushfire disasters. But this is only part of the picture. In this webinar Fay Johnston, Director of the Centre for Safe Air and Professor at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, presented a lecture titled: Climate change, landscape fires, and human health: understanding fire phenotypes. A newly published global synthesis led by Professor Johnston describes seven ‘phenotypes’ of landscape fire around the world, each with distinct patterns in their health and environmental impacts. In this talk, Professor Johnston explains how a more nuanced model of landscape fire can help us to design interventions at individual, community, and regional levels to maximise the benefits and minimise the harms associated with fire in the landscape. Dr Amanda Wheeler chaired the session and moderated an open discussion on the subject.
Smoke is an important health risk associated with bushfires. Here is what you can do before, during and after a bushfire to stay safe.

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