Predicting the future is a risky business, especially when history isn't kind to those who make predictions. But so many important things happened in the air quality world at 2015, that 2016 just must be the year that air quality will be at the forefront of many different industries (Which exactly? See below). So here are 5 reasons why 2016 is the year of Air Quality:
- 2015 Was Hottest Year on Record - From China to Australia, Mexico or Alaska, abnormal climate events happened everywhere. Climate is going crazy and it seems that the majority of the world agrees that Climate Change is real. As countries are pushing to reduce Green Gas House emissions, the meaning of it is actually in reducing air pollution and improving air quality (Whenever Carbon Dioxide is emitted, other air pollutants to, like Carbon Monoxide and Particulate Matter).
- Volkswagen, Oh Volkswagen - Do we really need to add more?
- COP21 - Almost every country on planet earth has sent a team to Paris to talk Climate Change and how we are going to save the world. No matter how you spin it, the whole world was talking about air pollution and Green House Gases, just Google Air Pollution and see how many COP21 articles exist. So we have an agreement and hundreds of different initiatives on how to keep global warming below 3.6F, they all mean one thing - Cleaning our air.
- Health Emergency - “We have a public health emergency in many countries from pollution. It’s dramatic, one of the biggest problems we are facing globally, with horrible future costs to society,” said Maria Neira, head of public health at the WHO, which is a specialist agency of the United Nations, January 2016. According to the UN, there are now 3.3 million premature deaths every year from air pollution, about three-quarters of which are from strokes and heart attacks.A new report from the EU’s European Environment Agency (EEA) says pollution is now also the single largest environmental health risk in Europe, responsible for more than 430,000 premature deaths. “It shortens people’s lifespan and contributes to serious illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer. It also has considerable economic impacts, increasing medical costs and reducing productivity,” said the EEA director Hans Bruyninckx, January 2016. It's REAL. And more people and organizations are acting upon it than ever.
- BreezoMeter - Well, since our mission is to help cities & businesses to improve the health and quality of life for billions of people worldwide, by providing the most accurate air quality data in real time, alongside actionable insights, be sure 2016 is the year of air quality. As we are already mapping air pollution in 28 countries, calculating air quality in more than 300 million geographical data points every hour, we are watching your back (in a good way). Working with Municipalities and businesses all around the world, we make sure that air quality data will be availabale for Smart Cities, Smart Home, Health, Real Estate, Weather and many more.
In the past few decades there was a revolution in how we consume our water and food. We care more than ever about calories and sugar, we drink much more mineral water and there are more vegan places to eat all around the world. This decade, we are going to revolutionize air quality and 2016 will be the year to remember.
About the Author: Ziv Lautman is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of BreezoMeter. He holds a B.Sc. Summa Cum Laude in Environmental Engineering from the Technion. Ziv live in San Francisco and operates BreezoMeter's office in North America.