California fires burned over 1 million acres in 2017, setting records for the most destructive wildfire season in state history. Longer, more frequent droughts and higher temperatures caused by climate change are exacerbating conditions for such mega fires. These disasters threaten human lives and property while spreading environmental devastation, smoke and air pollution, with especially severe health consequences for those with asthma, the very young and the elderly.
Stanford scholars explored these issues in a May 2018 research briefing on wildfire in California, discussing linkages between fires and public health, and innovative methods for protecting and preserving California’s forests.
Read takeaways from the event or watch the full video below.
|Keynote Speaker:||Assemblymember Bill Quirk, 20th Assembly District|
|Moderator:||Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment|
|Panelists:||Noah Diffenbaugh, Kara J Foundation Professor of Earth System Science; Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute
Dr. Kari Nadeau, Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research
Benjamin Bryant, Postdoctoral Scholar, Natural Capital Project & Water in the West
|Reception to follow|