Climate Experience:

Hospitals have seen an increase in cardiac arrests.


  • Hospitals see an increase of nearly 50% of cardiac arrests on bushfire smoke-affected days.[1]
  • Bushfire smoke dramatically increases the volume of particle matter in the air and impact populations over hundreds or thousands of kilometres.[2]
  • Increasing temperatures and less rainfall has lead to greater forest fire danger.[3]


  • Climate change is the biggest threat to human health in the 21st century.[4]
  • Heat-related deaths for 65 year olds and over in Melbourne is expected to jump from 289 people per annum to around 1000 by 2050.[5]
  • The number of dangerous bushfire days is increasing, along with the intensity of fires.[6]
  • Inaction will see an increase in severe fire days in southern and eastern Australia by up to 160-190% by 2090.[7]

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* We aim to keep our material as accurate and as relevant as possible. Working with climate science, a field that is being constantly updated, keeps us on our toes. Information on this site was gathered on June 1 2019; if you notice information that needs updating please let us know. For the full reference list please see the following.


[1]Council, “Climate Change and the Victoria Bushfire Threat: Update 2017.”17.

[2]Martine Dennekamp and Michael J Abramson, “The Effects of Bushfire Smoke on Respiratory Health,” Respirology16, no. 2 (2011).198.

[3]CSIRO, “State of the Climate.”5.

[4]Anthony Costello et al., “Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change: Lancet and University College London Institute for Global Health Commission,” The Lancet373, no. 9676 (2009).1693.

[5]Efficiency, “Fact Sheet – Victoria.”2.

[6]CSIRO, “State of the Climate.”22.

[7]Council, “Climate Change and the Victoria Bushfire Threat: Update 2017.”15.