Wildfire smoke may be deadliest effect of climate change in US

Increased exposure to wildfire smoke is one of the most damaging effects of climate change

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Exposure to rising levels of wildfire smoke could lead to more than 10,000 additional deaths each year in the US by 2050. This could make deaths due to wildfire smoke the costliest consequence of climate change for the country, accounting for nearly as much economic damage as all other climate-related impacts combined.

“It completely reshapes how we think about the climate impact in the US,” says Minghao Qiu at Stanford University in California. Exposure…

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