Air Quality

A Future Prognosis

Athena @ Shaping Tomorrow

29 May 2023
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World Outlook
Main factors that cause something to happen globally
With the UN estimating that 68% of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050, a reduction in commuting time could significantly mitigate air-quality and health concerns worldwide. Atalayar
Heat waves are scientifically linked to aggravated air pollution, threatening countries like India, where air quality is already one of the worst in the world. Time
Asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, premature death, and stroke are among a long list of problems that can be caused by exposure to air pollution, which sits atop the list of health threats globally, causing 7 million deaths a year. Kansas Reflector
Global regions, coloured according to number of forecasts
SWOT
Strengths
  • The Protecting Communities From Air Pollution Act will strengthen Colorado's permitting processes to better ensure compliance with the federal National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Earthjustice
  • The reduction in transport emissions from a strong Fuel Efficiency Standard will improve air quality and health outcomes for Australia. Solar Citizens
  • The reduction in transport emissions from a strong Fuel Efficiency Standard will improve air quality and health outcomes for Ballarat - a region with a high rate of asthma and lung conditions compared to the national average. Solar Citizens
Weaknesses
  • Air quality in cities including Calgary has deteriorated to category 10+, the worst level on Environment Canada's Air Quality Health Index, indicating very high risk. Reuters
  • Communities in southern parts of Alberta, including Calgary and Edmonton, along with others will see deterioration of air quality. Yahoo News
  • In the U.S., for instance, federal support to the Healthy Streets Program will be able to help cities expand their tree cover to help tackle extreme heat, poor air quality, and floods. xyHt
Opportunities
  • NY HEAT will enable and encourage community-scale decarbonization projects, improving affordability, air quality, and comfort of the more than four million homes in New York that use methane gas for heat. NRDC
  • When Southern California's biggest transit agency adopted plans six years ago to make its entire fleet of buses pollution-free by 2030, it was a big step forward for local action on climate and air quality. Los Angeles Times
  • With COVID-19, a growing body of research suggests ventilation works: a study of 10,000 classrooms in the Marche region of Italy, for example, found that risk of COVID-19 infection decreased by at least 74% in spaces using mechanical ventilation. The Tyee
Threats
  • Metro Vancouver-Northeast, the Central Fraser Valley, and the Eastern Fraser Valley have a moderate health risk on the Air Quality Health Index, meaning that at-risk populations should consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outside if they experience symptoms. Vancouver Is Awesome
  • The European Environment Agency cites air pollution as the single largest environmental health risk in Europe, causing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases that lead to the loss of healthy years of life ... and premature deaths. Transport Times
  • Food security and air quality in the UK are being put at risk by outdated IT systems at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), a parliamentary committee has found. The Guardian
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, data, death, engineer
Emerging
EV, artificial intelligence, building, pandemic, bus, car
Maturing
death, building, health, environment, clean, emission
Declining
airline, death, car, carbon, cargo, coal
Sentiment
Past Year: More Positive
Compare changing sentiment to a benchmark of all forecasts
With the UN estimating that 68% of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050, a reduction in commuting time could significantly mitigate air-quality and health concerns worldwide. Atalayar
Indoor air pollution is a leading risk factor for premature death, especially in Global South countries. SpaceshipOne
PEST
Political
  • Colorado air quality regulators on Friday approved a pair of rules aimed at reducing pollution from truck engines and speeding up adoption of medium - and heavy-duty electric vehicles - albeit a year or two later than many environmentalists hoped. Colorado Newsline
  • The air quality commission plans to strengthen the passenger car regulations in coming months by passing a set of rules called Clean Cars 2, again copying California's new rules. The Colorado Sun
  • The Air Quality Control Commission on Friday unanimously approved a California-style mandate for medium - and heavy-duty truck manufacturers to sell clean electric models in Colorado beginning in 2027, and to cut nitrogen oxide emissions from new diesel trucks by 90% from current standards. The Colorado Sun
Economic
  • NY HEAT will enable and encourage community-scale decarbonization projects, improving affordability, air quality, and comfort of the more than four million homes in New York that use methane gas for heat. NRDC
  • Seoul has made significant progress in addressing air pollution by implementing its Air Quality Control Action Plan (2020-2024). C40 Cities
  • The Portland Co., Portland, Maine, will receive $739,302 to support the purchase of a 60-ton vessel trailer, tractor/loader and support for an indoor ventilation project. WorkBoat
Social
  • The overblown rhetoric from SNP-Green ministers must finally be matched by resources and support that will allow improvement for air quality around schools. The Sunday Post
  • The European Environment Agency cites air pollution as the single largest environmental health risk in Europe, causing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases that lead to the loss of healthy years of life ... and premature deaths. Transport Times
  • Lane reduction on the Peripherique is being cast as an air quality project and opportunity to dramatically expand green space in the outer Paris region. Gotham Gazette
Technological
  • Milesight is providing Quebec's schools with indoor air quality monitoring, with nearly 50,000 sensors transmitting to 2600 gateways, transmitting more than 7 million messages daily over LoRaWAN. IoT For All
  • Milesight is providing Quebec's schools with air quality monitoring, with nearly 50,000 sensors transmitting to 2600 gateways, transmitting more than 7 million messages daily over LoRaWAN. IoT Business News
  • Philips Respironics expects to remediate a total of around 5.6 million devices (specific CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator devices) globally, of which more than half are in the US. Philips
Financial Impact
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
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
As a result of the improved air quality, up to 130,000 premature deaths are avoided in the coming decades, which could save $390 billion to $400 billion - enough to exceed the cost to decarbonize the electric grid. Solar Industry
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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
Poor air quality is one of the leading environmental risk factors to human health, with an estimated 4 million annual premature mortalities worldwide and approximately 30,000 annual premature mortalities in the UK attributed to long-term exposure to outdoor air pollutants. Official blog of the Met Office news team
Air pollution is considered the fourth biggest global health risk factor, contributing significantly to the two leading causes of death worldwide (ischemic heart disease and stroke). Environment
H igh blood pressure, high cholesterol, dietary risks and air pollution are among the leading causes of cardiovascular disease worldwide. American College of Cardiology
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
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
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
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
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 Integra technology respond to growing consumer concern over air quality? The Business of Fashion
How can information technology make our lives better through improved indoor air quality? Eventbrite
If the media can manufacture mass-sociogenic illnesses out of thin air, like Long-Covid, what makes us think syndromic surveillance will help solve the mental health crisis? Identity Dixie
How?
How can the decades-long fracturing of environmental health and public health disciplines be healed so that, for example, clean air is seen as a bulwark against infectious disease rather than a severed issue? Ensia
How will the global Crank Case Ventilation Valve market look like by the end of the forecast period? FMIBlog
How threatening could a toaster, security camera, smart doorbell, smart light switch, air-quality monitor or fitness dog collar really be? Security Intelligence
Who?
Who will require a ventilator or a breathing machine? UCL Minds
What?
What are the new technological innovations needed to reduced transport's environmental impacts, including decarbonisation, adaptation, air quality, and biodiversity? GOV.UK
Imagine what a positive message one of Europe's most important public transport operators could send if it also targeted neurodiverse individuals to help with solving Vision Zero, carbon reduction, air quality, customer experience and operational efficiency? Intelligent Transport
What are the top cities near Niagara Falls with open Air Quality Scientist jobs? Glassdoor
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?
While Stacklights have worked well for big equipment like a pick-n-place machine that deposits small electronic components on printed circuit boards (PCBs), will it work well (and is it affordable) for smaller semi-automatic machines such as 3D printers, small robots or even a medical ventilator? IHS Engineering 360
Will all the used ICEs that are replaced by EVs end up in poorer neighborhoods adding to their congestion and subtracting from their air quality even as smaller IRA grants (e.g., the Neighborhood Access and Equity Grants) are used to build bike lanes? Shared-Use Mobility Center
How will the global Indoor Air Quality Solutions market develop in the long term? Best News Monitoring
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