Only the beginning

We plan to update the report and website each year, following the annual release of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) results from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Annual updates will continue to report on global, national, and regional trends in air quality and health using the latest data. In addition, we plan to dig deeper into the newest results, providing our audience with more detailed coverage in a number of areas, described below.

Future updates will provide information about air quality trends and the health impacts of air pollution on sensitive subpopulations (e.g., children and older people). As new analyses are added to the larger Global Burden of Disease study for additional health outcomes (such as diabetes and low birth weight) or additional air pollutants (such as NO2), or measures of impact on health (such as life expectancy), they will be reflected in the State of Global Air report and website.

Sources and impacts of pollution in specific regions

As results become available, we will report in the future on the latest analyses of key sources of air pollution in particular countries and regions and how they contribute to health impacts. This year we present results from two HEI reports on the major sources of air pollution and health burden in China and India. For more details, go to Major Sources of Air Pollution. We also plan to analyze air quality in more detail at the subnational or regional level in several countries for which such data are available, for example, China, India, United Kingdom, and Mexico.

Success stories

What about successful efforts to reduce air pollution? Where have countries or regions made progress? How have they done it? In future updates we plan to feature lessons from countries where air quality and health have improved. Do you have a success story you would like to share? Send us your suggestion through our Contact page. 

What would be useful to you?

We would like to hear what data, graphics, and other topics would be useful to include in future updates. Please submit your suggestions through our Contact page.