Air Quality

A Future Prognosis

Athena @ Shaping Tomorrow

14 August 2022
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World Outlook
Main factors that cause something to happen globally
While tobacco smoke is the best-known risk factor for COPD, up to half of COPD cases worldwide are due to non-tobacco-related risk factors including occupational exposures, infectious diseases, early life events and air pollution, notably, fine particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. McGill University Health Centre
Poor air quality is one of the leading risk factors for death around the world. Yale Climate Connections
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
Global regions, coloured according to number of forecasts
SWOT
Strengths
  • The Lancashire town, which sits on England's North West coast, enjoys strong winds from the Irish Sea which can disperse most airborne pollutants, and does not have any significant industry or manufacturing facilities that might lead to lower air quality. AirQualityNews
  • The Deeper Decarbonization Scenario shows adopting stronger climate policies provides an opportunity for California to grow its economy, create jobs, and improve air quality for all residents. Energy Innovation: Policy and 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
Weaknesses
  • Poor ventilation could be responsible for more than 10% of Covid cases, Professor Noakes said, equivalent to roughly 20,000 deaths in the UK. Imeche
  • The staff of the Regional Air Quality Council admits its plan will not reach EPA limits, and environmental groups demand far stricter caps on the toxic air. SummitDaily.com
  • Factors such as the absence of BCG, crowding, HIV/AIDS, poor nutrition, and poor ventilation can increase active TB risk among people exposed to Mtb and individuals with latent TB. PLoS One
Opportunities
  • A CCS industry in California could produce economic and health benefits, including jobs for skillsets that may otherwise become obsolete, improving local air quality, and positioning California as a global leader in CCS development and deployment.
  • The Welsh government said it was bringing forward its Clean Air Bill that will introduce air quality targets for Wales. BBC News
  • California's clean trucks regulations are driving significant industry investment in medium - and heavy-duty ZEVs, and will deliver crucial climate, air quality, and public health benefits. CALSTART
Threats
  • Getting past COVID-19, medical professionals say, will likely require a host of measures, including the continued development of more effective vaccines, global vaccine coverage, paid sick days, a concerted fight against misinformation and attention to indoor air quality. The Globe and Mail
  • A study released today by the Public Health Institute's Tracking California program reveals that air pollution increases the risk of COVID-19 infection and death. Public Health Institute
  • Prevention of disease and premature death and preservation of children's cognitive function will require that EPA air quality standards be tightened. The Hill
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, emission
Declining
airline, coal, cost, death, car, cargo
Sentiment
Past Year: Stable
Compare changing sentiment to a benchmark of all forecasts
Globally, poor air quality is estimated to cause some 7 million deaths each year, as it increases the risk of a wide range of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. World Bank Blogs
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
  • California's clean trucks regulations are driving significant industry investment in medium - and heavy-duty ZEVs, and will deliver crucial climate, air quality, and public health benefits. CALSTART
  • The FuelCell Energy platform will help the Port of Long Beach lower its overall emissions, improving the overall air quality in a region struggling with poor air quality. FuelCellsWorks
  • Truncated air freight capacity, port congestion, roadblocks, and logistic disruptions in Southeast Asia escalated as governments implemented strict measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. Yahoo Finance
Economic
  • By the end of 2022, air pollution equipment worth $1.5 million will be provided to the Air Quality Control Company in the form of a technical co-operation project. Media Mehrnews
  • Until the Ford government does more to support Ontario drivers in going electric, Ontario will be missing out on air quality, emission reduction and cost-savings benefits. Toronto Star
  • Until the Ford government does more to support drivers going electric, Ontario will be missing out on air quality, emission reduction and cost-savings benefits. the weekly ledger
Social
  • The hot weather can bring deteriorating air quality approaching the high-risk category and warns residents to take caution when outdoors. Global News
  • Adults who had received two doses of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine had a 79% lower risk of dying or needing a ventilator if hospitalized with COVID-19, compared with unvaccinated adults, during the omicron wave. FactCheck.org
  • Forbes compared more than 800 locales in America on everything from housing costs and taxes to healthcare, air quality, crime and climate change and natural hazard risk. Forbes
Technological
  • Designers will be allowed to assess ventilation strategies against individual Volatile Organic Compounds informed by Public Health England's Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for selected VOCs in the UK15, as an alternative route to using a total volatile organic compound limit. LABC Warranty
  • Modern medical equipment, including two digital x-ray machines and ventilators, has been procured and are expected to arrive early in 2022. Ivanhoe Mines
  • Products that have achieved GREENGUARD Gold Certification are scientifically proven to meet some of the world's most rigorous third-party chemical emissions standards, helping to reduce indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure. Facility Executive Magazine
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
While tobacco smoke is the best-known risk factor for COPD, up to half of COPD cases worldwide are due to non-tobacco-related risk factors including occupational exposures, infectious diseases, early life events and air pollution, notably, fine particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. McGill University Health Centre
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
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
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. Imperial 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 will the global Indoor Air Quality Solutions market develop in the long term? Best News Monitoring
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
Who?
Who will require a ventilator or a breathing machine? UCL Minds
What?
What are the Revenue-generating Product Segments in the Ventilation and Air Conditioning Market for Indoor Agriculture? Technavio
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
When?
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
Will?
Which region will lead the Indoor Air Quality Solutions market globally in terms of growth rate? Best News Monitoring
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
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