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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 low birth weight) or additional air pollutants (such as NO2), they will be reflected in the State of Global Air report and website.

Sources and impacts of pollution in specific regions

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. HEI will be publishing a report on the burden of disease related to major sources of air pollution in India later in 2017.  Last year, HEI published a similar report on the health impacts of coal-burning and other major sources in China. We expect that future updates of the state of global air will explore the impacts of household air pollution from the burning of solid fuels (such as wood, dried dung, and coal), an important source of exposure in China, India, and many other countries.  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, in 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? To answer these questions, we plan to include information about improved air quality and health in, for example, Mexico and the United States.  

What would be useful to you?

We would like to include specific topics of interest to our audience. Please submit your suggestions through our Contact page.