There is increasing scientific consensus that climate change is the underlying cause of the prolonged dry and hot conditions that have increased the risk of extreme fire weather in Australia.1-3 With persistent droughts and record-breaking temperatures (2019 was Australia’s warmest and driest year on record, http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/annual/aus/), it is unlikely that the extreme bushfires and smoke haze in Australia during the “Black Summer” (at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020) will be a one-off event. In recent years, other parts of the world, including California, Southern Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Amazon, have also been affected by catastrophic wildfires. We should be better prepared for more frequent and intense bushfire and wildfire events.3,4
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Vardoulakis S, Marks G, Abramson MJ. Lessons Learned from the Australian Bushfires: Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Public Health. JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(5):635–636. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.0703
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