Air Quality

A Future Prognosis

Athena @ Shaping Tomorrow

5 July 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 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
  • 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
Weaknesses
  • The Case for a New Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan outlines how Greater Manchester would meet air quality legal limits in a way which is fair to local people and businesses and does not create the risk of financial hardship. Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Philips' effort to repair or replace millions of recalled sleep apnea and ventilator machines is being hampered by supply chain constraints, with the company unable to know far in advance when components, particularly computer chips, will be available. MedTech Dive
  • Poor air quality is the greatest environmental health risk factor in the United States, resulting in 100,000-200,000 excess deaths per year. Alphastox
Opportunities
  • In addition to reducing global reliance on fossil fuels, widespread use of gasoline-powered vehicles has the potential to significantly improve urban air quality and reduce the number of health problems associated with exposure to air pollution. IPPTS Anaerobic Digestion Community Website
  • While the industrial revolution ushered in mechanical ventilation systems, the current fossil fuel price crisis that is pushing up energy prices globally presents an opportunity to look back on the rich array of passive cooling systems that have popped up throughout human history. Resilience
  • No new gas stations could be great for air quality in the city of angels, but Los Angeles seems to really love its cars. Gizmodo
Threats
  • A CDC study found that receiving two or three doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine was associated with a 90% reduction in risk for COVID-19-associated invasive mechanical ventilation or death. Healthline Media
  • Philips began its recall of millions of sleep apnea and ventilator devices last June, after complaints that the foam used to quiet devices could break down and potentially be inhaled or ingested. MedTech Dive
  • People living in South Asia could lose about five years of their lives on average unless air quality improves to WHO-prescribed levels. Eco-business
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
  • 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
  • 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
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 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
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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