Air Quality

A Future Prognosis

Athena @ Shaping Tomorrow

22 May 2022
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World Outlook
Main factors that cause something to happen globally
Approximately 470 million people globally are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 as a result of pre-existing conditions of malnutrition, lack of access to safe drinking water, and indoor air pollution through the use of noxious cooking fuel. wider.unu.edu
Pollution remains the world's largest environmental risk factor for disease and premature death, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where air pollution accounts for about 75% of the nine million deaths. Health Policy Watch
While pollution's impact on the environment is well-known, fewer people might be aware that outdoor and indoor air pollution exposure causes an estimated 7 million premature deaths worldwide each year, and is associated with lung and heart disease, among other serious health issues. Yahoo News
Global regions, coloured according to number of forecasts
SWOT
Strengths
  • Environmental hazards that may affect workers safety and health include air pollution; heat risks and heat stress; rising sea levels; desertification and the loss of productive land; extreme weather events; and vector-borne / zoonotic diseases (which may result in future global health emergencies). International Labor Office
  • EPA funding will expand an innovative local program that helps improve air quality and empower community members to better advocate for and protect their health. US EPA
  • The US Environmental Protection Agency is providing Robert's Hawai' i School Bus, Inc. with rebates totaling $200,000 to fund 10 cleaner buses, which will improve air quality at schools and in communities, reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and better protect children's health overall. Maui Now
Weaknesses
  • About 99% of people in the world breathe air that exceeds air quality limits and threatens their health, and more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes, including air pollution. United Nations
  • Poor indoor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to health - responsible for more than 6.5 million premature deaths globally per year - in findings by the World Health Organization. Live Science
  • Agreement over air quality targets will likely be the most challenging in view of the fact that the UK Government has not only faced infringement proceedings from the European Court of Justice for breach of air quality limits but also three judicial reviews by Client Earth. Watson Farley & Williams
Opportunities
  • The world-leading action Sadiq has already taken on air pollution will reduce the number of air quality-related hospital admissions by 1 million by 2050, helping save the NHS and social care system £5 billion. Auto Connected Car News
  • Electric vehicles are an important step in decarbonising the transport system, improving air quality, and contributing to Scotland's climate target of achieving net zero emissions by 2045. Deadline News
  • When EPA issues its supplemental draft rule on methane later in 2022, it's expected to propose a new role for air quality monitoring by nonprofits and fence-line communities sited near oil and gas development. E&E News
Threats
  • While pollution's effect on the environment is well-known, fewer people might be aware that outdoor and indoor air pollution exposure causes an estimated 7 million premature deaths worldwide each year, and is associated with lung and heart disease, among other serious health issues. The Washington Post
  • Indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental risks to public health. The Conversation
  • Air quality is the single most significant risk to health. Mining.com
Influencers
Countries
Cities
People
Organizations
S-Curve

A framework that describes a 4-phase level of maturity to help determine potential and inform innovation strategy.

Weak
PC, computer, connected, death, engineer, filter
Emerging
EV, artificial intelligence, building, pandemic, car, aid
Maturing
death, building, health, clean, environment, carbon
Declining
airline, coal, death, car, cargo, biodiversity
Sentiment
Past Year: Stable
Compare changing sentiment to a benchmark of all forecasts
Approximately 470 million people globally are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 as a result of pre-existing conditions of malnutrition, lack of access to safe drinking water, and indoor air pollution through the use of noxious cooking fuel. wider.unu.edu
While pollution's effect on the environment is well-known, fewer people might be aware that outdoor and indoor air pollution exposure causes an estimated 7 million premature deaths worldwide each year, and is associated with lung and heart disease, among other serious health issues. The Washington Post
PEST
Political
  • When EPA issues its supplemental draft rule on methane later in 2022, it's expected to propose a new role for air quality monitoring by nonprofits and fence-line communities sited near oil and gas development. E&E News
  • At the national level, leadership by cities in taking measures to reduce emissions and improve air quality within their jurisdictions will continue to be important to pushing action on global policy and the implementation of multi-sectoral action on mitigation. International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • The Biden - Harris Administration's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will improve insulation and air sealing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, lighting, and appliances in American homes while lowering energy costs for American families. Energy.gov
Economic
  • Global international air passenger numbers will not return to pre-Covid levels until 2025. Savills World Research European Commercia
  • Natural gas stoves - which more than a third of American homes use - may emit concerning levels of indoor air pollution, and could play a larger role in driving climate change than previously believed. Time
  • Together with the expected phase-out of new fossil-fueled vehicles by 2035, Euro 7/VII will be essential in ensuring that vehicles produced in the coming years continue to contribute to the improvement of air quality in European cities. Eurocities
Social
  • Air quality is the single most significant risk to health. Mining.com
  • The unvaccinated devout in the US Air Force will be unable to aim high, as individuals requesting religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccinations are being grounded and discharged. USSANews
  • As the levels of indoor air pollution in Poland are elevated, studies analysing the burden of diseases attributable to indoor air pollution will be evaluated. PubMed Central (PMC)
Technological
  • The world-leading action Sadiq has already taken on air pollution will reduce the number of air quality-related hospital admissions by 1 million by 2050, helping save the NHS and social care system £5 billion. Auto Connected Car News
  • The Fifth WHO air quality database - the largest of its kind - covers over 6000 cities / human settlements, mostly cities, in 117 countries, and indicates where air pollution levels and the related health risks are higher. WHO
  • Each and every Passive House multifamily building design in Ontario will struggle under the OBC's ASHRAE 62.1 ventilation code requirements. ConstructConnect.com
Financial Impact
Power perks - Establishing a standard to reach 80% carbon-free power by 2030 in the US would improve air quality enough to avert an estimated 317,500 premature deaths and generate health benefits totalling $1.13 trillion between now and 2050. carbon-pulse
Establishing a standard to reach 80% carbon-free power by 2030 would improve air quality enough to avert an estimated 317,500 premature deaths and generate health benefits totaling $1.13 trillion between now and 2050. EE News
Before the Covid-19 crisis, global air cargo volumes were more than doubling annually, approaching US$ 5 trillion in value by 2021. Aircraft Interiors International
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System Map
Organizations
Sectors
Cities
Countries
People
Scenarios
Creates plausible alternative futures of what can happen and encourages development of a robust, agile response
Environmental air pollution, is a major risk to health and 99% of the population worldwide is living in places where recommendations for air quality are not met. medscape
Air quality is a major concern at a global level and is considered the most significant environmental risk to human health. Department of Finance
Unless emissions are substantially reduced globally as a matter of urgency, the situation of deteriorating air quality will worsen, with subsequent deaths, economic loss, and other challenges affecting many countries across the globe. The Lancet
Warnings
Changing proportion of published forecasts
Different studies across the world demonstrate how air pollution, including household air pollution e.g. stove cooking, might negatively affect pregnant women, cause adverse birth outcomes, and become a factor provoking breast cancer, blood and heart diseases. UN Women
COVID-19 infections and climate hazards such as heatwaves, wildfires and poor air quality, combine to threaten human health worldwide, putting vulnerable populations at particular risk. UN News
Solutions
Know how others are tackling issues with this topic
The Philippines will endeavor to scale up near-term climate change actions through the mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants, including methane, to achieve multiple benefits for health, biodiversity, air quality and climate. Climate & Clean Air Coalition
The Australian Government set up IFAM as a temporary, targeted, emergency response to pandemic disruptions to keep global air links open in response to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Austrade
A new low-cost ventilator design invented during COVID-19 could address the global shortage of ventilators for other respiratory diseases. Medical Express
Key topics
Extremes
Investigate what’s transforming or collapsing
Poor air quality is one of the largest environmental risk factors for premature mortality, heightened by extreme air-quality events that are becoming annual events in parts of the world. MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Environmental hazards that may affect workers safety and health include air pollution; heat risks and heat stress; rising sea levels; desertification and the loss of productive land; extreme weather events; and vector-borne / zoonotic diseases (which may result in future global health emergencies). International Labor Office
Spain's state weather agency, AEMET, warned of extremely unfavourable air quality levels. The Times
What's Next
Changing proportion of material mentioning future years
Government directives the world over are striving for nearly zero-energy buildings by the end of next year, and for net zero carbon buildings by 2030, meaning they will have to be 100% sustainable as far as heating, hot water, ventilation and cooling requirements are concerned. Renewable Energy World
Based on mobility, the portable ventilators segment is projected to exhibit the fastest growth in coming years with rising demand for portable ventilators from household & long-term care facilities and increasing demand from emergency medical service providers across the globe. Yahoo Finance
Questions
Can?
How can air quality become a new competitive business differentiator? Khaleej Times
How are indoor air pollution and climate action connected, and how can digitalisation help to improve things? www.climateledger.org
How can the world make progress against energy poverty and indoor air pollution? Our World In Data
How?
How large is the emerging Ventilation and Air Conditioningfor Indoor Agriculture Market in relation to its regional counterparts? Digital Journal
How much more will climate change impact our lives, whether through forest fires, extreme weather events, new zoonotic diseases, choking air or rising seas? editions
How can we integrate wildly different facility data for wastewater pumps, HVAC air quality and elevator destination dispatch systems into a unified digital twin when we still struggle to share basic drawing information between the two largest CAD vendors in the AEC space? Informed Infrastructure
Who?
Who will require a ventilator or a breathing machine? UCL Minds
What?
What is the Ventilation and Air Conditioningfor Indoor Agriculture Market size in different countries around the world? Digital Journal
What factors are affecting the strength of competition in the emerging Ventilation and Air Conditioningfor Indoor Agriculture Market? Digital Journal
What are the inhibiting factors and impact of COVID-19 shaping the Global Advanced Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Controls Market during the forecast period? Business Wire
Will?
Will we see a return to pre-COVID levels of jet-setting, with some employees clocking up tens of thousands of air miles each year? Taylor Vinters
How will air quality effects on human health, crops and ecosystems change in the future? MDPI
Quality Management will result in robust, effective air quality management arrangements? Llywodraeth cymru Welsh Government
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