LOS ANGELES. Climate Change, Wildfires, And How Public Health Leaders Can Rise To The Challenge (Health Affairs)

The largest near-term impacts of climate change on society come in the form of weather and climate extremes. Experts estimate that as many as 10,000 people lost their lives from natural disasters in 2018, compared to 50,000 in the prior 30 years combined. In Southern California, the region I call home, drought and warm temperatures recently brought a second year of historic wildfires, where the Thomas, Rye, and Skirball fires burned an area nearly the size of the city of San Antonio, Texas, and the Woolsey fire scorched an area roughly the size of the city of Denver, Colorado. The Woolsey Fire alone destroyed more than 1,500 homes and structures. The blaze forced evacuations of more than 295,000 people and resulted in prolonged power outages for more than 40,000 people. Read more here.