Dr. Chris Carlsten, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Climate change is increasingly well documented, and in Canada that is reflected by increasing temperatures, forest fires, allergens, and pollution hot spots. After years of improvement in air quality, this ‘new normal’ risks setbacks to progress in lung health. Particularly concerning is that associated exposures can be unpredictable but intermittently very high, and combined in a fashion that creates harmful synergies.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • appreciate the trends in exposures related to climate change that threaten lung health;
  • be aware of current efforts to understand this pattern and, in turn, remediate it; and
  • know what evidence-based advice to provide patients and health authorities regarding mitigating measures therein

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