A history of limited forest management and a hotter planet is leading to more frequent and catastrophic wildfires. While this underscores the importance of finding solutions to contain fires, the reality is that we must also learn to adapt better to their associated health threats. In this month’s Midday Science Cafe, you’ll meet two scientists who are dedicated to understanding wildfire health risks and improving public health protection. Berkeley Lab scientist Dr. Jacob Bueno de Mesquita examines the patterns of inhalation exposure from wildfire smoke and the associated effects on population health. He will provide a framework for understanding how the burden of wildfire-related health threats is inequitable across exposed communities and suggest ways for public health action to address this urgent crisis. UC Berkeley scientist Dr. Stephanie M. Holm focuses her research on one of the communities particularly vulnerable to wildfire smoke: children. She will discuss how indoor air quality interventions and mask and respirator use can protect children from wildfire smoke exposure.
Speakers: Dr. Stehpanie Holm and Dr. Jacob Bueno de Mesquita, UC Berkeley
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