16th Annual Air Quality and Health Workshop
Wildfire Smoke: A Growing Threat to Air Quality and Public Health
Wildfires are becoming more frequent and intense as the global climate changes. Smoke from these fires causes episodes of the worst air quality that many populations will ever experience, sometimes lasting for weeks or months.
The first part of the proposed workshop is intended to summarize the current state of the evidence on wildfire smoke generation, composition, toxicity, exposure assessment, and health impacts. The second part will focus on wildfire smoke exposures in a changing climate, effective individual and community interventions to protect health, and critical evidence gaps.
We sat down with our Air Quality and Health Workshop presenters to learn a bit more about their topics. Watch the interviews here.
Sarah Henderson, BC Centre for Disease Control
Mike Flannigan, University of Alberta
Ian Gilmour, University of North Carolina/Environmental Protection Agency
Colleen Reid, University of Colorado Boulder
Bonne Ford, Colorado State University
Angela Yao, University of British Columbia
Sarah Coefield, Missoula City-County Health Department
Robert D. Brook, University of Michigan
John R. Balmes, University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley