More than three years after one of Australia’s worst wildfire seasons on record, its toxic legacy is becoming clearer and exposing the potential health risks that lie ahead for increasingly fire-prone regionsacross the world.
Experts warn that wildfires will become more frequent and destructive as temperatures rise, causing higher levels of airborne fine particulate matter in these regions. This increase could result in air quality levels that go beyond the “very unhealthy” threshold and into the “hazardous” range which could be compared to smoking 37 cigarettes in one day.
The experts highlights the importance of being prepared with a ready supply of masks, air purifiers and safe evacuation locations for at-risk groups.
Get more insights on this pressing issue from @bloomberggreen.