Climate Change and Health – Chapter 4 – Wildfires

The film clip above is a section from the video you saw on the first page; watch this segment to remind you of the main issues related to this topic.


  1. How does climate change bring about an increase in wildfires?
  2. What specific illnesses do wildfires cause or exacerbate directly and indirectly?
  3. Use the case study of Victoria, Australia to understand the broader health and social impacts of bushfires on people, communities, the environment and the economy. Make suggestions for actions that should be taken in your country.


  1. Dennekamp M, Abramson MJ. 2011. The effects of bushfire smoke on respiratory health. Respirology. 16(2):198-209. → Access here
  2. Climate Council of Australia. Be prepared: Climate change and the Victorian bushfire threat. → Access here