Politics of Air – Concepts, Challenges Barriers, Opportunities

DAY 1 Session 1:Speaker: World Asthma Foundation
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The vision of the World Asthma Foundation (WAF) is to improve the quality of life for all Asthmatics. – by advocating for improved understanding of the causes of Asthma, diagnostic tools, methodologies, precision therapies, prevention and one day a cure. WAF supports the Asthma community with educational resources – podcasts, bulletins and in-depth scientific analysis – to foster improved outcomes, doctor-patient relationships and joint decision-making so Asthmatics can take charge of their own health.

In this session you will le arn:

the Concepts, Challenges Barriers, Opportunities of Clean Indoor Air.

Clean indoor air is a fundamental aspect of human health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, many people around the world still face challenges and barriers when it comes to breathing fresh, clean air indoors. In this article, we will explore the concepts, challenges, barriers, and opportunities of clean indoor air.


According to the World Health Organization, “Indoor air pollution is a major environmental health problem affecting both developed and developing countries.” The organization also notes that “indoor air pollution is responsible for a significant burden of disease and mortality, particularly in children under five years of age in developing countries.”

Key takeaway: Indoor air quality is a critical factor in creating a healthy indoor environment, and poor IAQ can have significant health impacts.


According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air.” This is due to a range of factors, including poor ventilation, the use of chemicals and materials that emit harmful pollutants, and the presence of mold and other allergens.

Key takeaway: Maintaining clean indoor air is a complex challenge that requires addressing multiple sources of pollution.


According to a study by the World Health Organization, “there are currently no global guidelines for indoor air quality, and national guidelines vary widely.” The study notes that this lack of guidelines can make it challenging for individuals and organizations to know how to improve indoor air quality.

In terms of cost, a report by the National Institutes of Health notes that “the cost of improving indoor air quality can be significant, particularly for low-income families and organizations.” The report goes on to note that “there is a need for cost-effective strategies that can be implemented by all individuals and organizations.”

Key takeaway: Barriers to achieving clean indoor air include a lack of regulations and standards and the high cost of implementing measures to improve IAQ.


According to the EPA, “one of the simplest ways to improve indoor air quality is to increase ventilation in buildings.” This can be achieved through the use of air exchange systems, natural ventilation, or opening windows and doors.

In terms of reducing the use of products that emit harmful pollutants, a study by the National Institutes of Health notes that “switching to natural cleaning products can significantly reduce levels of indoor air pollutants.” The study also notes that “avoiding the use of air fresheners and scented candles can also reduce indoor air pollution.”

Finally, there is an opportunity to increase awareness and education about indoor air quality. According to the EPA, “educating individuals and organizations about the importance of indoor air quality is critical in improving IAQ.” The organization notes that “developing educational campaigns and providing information and resources can help individuals and organizations make informed decisions about IAQ.”

Key takeaway: Opportunities for improving indoor air quality include increasing ventilation, reducing the use of products that emit harmful pollutants, and increasing awareness and education about indoor air quality.

In conclusion, there is a significant body of data that supports the concepts, challenges, barriers, and opportunities of clean indoor air. Addressing the challenges and barriers to achieving clean indoor air and taking advantage of the opportunities to improve IAQ are critical steps in creating a healthy and safe indoor environment.

Clean Air for Better Health: World Asthma Day and Indoor Air Quality

As we celebrate World Asthma Day, it is important to acknowledge the risks associated with asthma and the benefits of having clean air. Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a condition that causes the airways in the lungs to become inflamed and narrow, making it difficult to breathe. While outdoor air pollution has been identified as a major risk factor for asthma, the air quality inside our homes and workplaces can also have a significant impact on our health.

To raise awareness about the importance of indoor air quality, the timetocleartheair.com campaign aims to educate people on the simple steps they can take to improve the air quality inside their homes and workplaces. One of the key messages of the campaign is that clean air is essential for good health and well-being.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), indoor air pollution is responsible for over 4 million premature deaths every year. Indoor air pollution can be caused by a variety of factors, including cooking, cleaning, smoking, and the use of certain household products. To achieve clean indoor air, there are several steps that individuals and households can take.

One of the most important steps is to eliminate sources of indoor air pollution. This can include switching to non-toxic cleaning products, using natural air fresheners, and avoiding smoking indoors. In addition, it is important to ensure that ventilation systems are functioning properly and to regularly clean air filters.

Monitoring indoor air quality is also crucial in identifying sources of pollution and taking steps to eliminate them. This can be done using a variety of devices, including air quality monitors and carbon monoxide detectors. Seeking professional help when necessary, such as hiring a professional to assess indoor air quality or installing an air purification system, is also important.

Air pollution is a major risk factor for asthma, and it can trigger asthma symptoms or exacerbate existing asthma. The most common sources of air pollution include traffic emissions, industrial activities, and burning fossil fuels. But indoor air pollution can also contribute to the problem, as allergens, pet dander, mold, and tobacco smoke can all cause asthma symptoms.

Clean the Air for World Asthma Day is a call-to-action that emphasizes the importance of reducing air pollution for the health of people with asthma and the general population. To Clean the Air for World Asthma Day, we need to take action on multiple fronts. One of the most important steps is to reduce outdoor air pollution, which requires government policies and action from industry to reduce emissions.

Individuals can also take steps to reduce their exposure to air pollution and improve their indoor air quality. This includes reducing the use of products that emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), using natural cleaning products, and avoiding smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. Ventilating indoor spaces properly and regularly cleaning air filters can also help improve indoor air quality.

In addition to these actions, individuals can support policies and organizations that promote clean air. This includes advocating for clean energy and transportation policies, supporting asthma research and education, and participating in local community initiatives to reduce air pollution.

In conclusion, clean air is essential for good health and well-being. By taking simple steps to improve indoor air quality and advocating for policies that reduce air pollution, we can reduce the risk of respiratory problems, including asthma, and enhance our overall quality of life. The timetocleartheair.com campaign and Clean the Air for World Asthma Day are both valuable resources for individuals and households seeking to improve indoor air quality and promote good health.

Will Carbon Capture Work?

Will Carbon Capture Work?

The issue of climate change is a pressing one, and many efforts are underway to mitigate its effects.

One of the most promising technologies for reducing carbon emissions is carbon capture. But will carbon capture work? In this post, we will explore this question and invite industry and academia to share their findings at the upcoming TimeToClearTheAir.com Symposium underwritten by the World Asthma Foundation.

What is Carbon Capture?

Carbon capture is a technology that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air or flue gases emitted by industrial processes and stores it in geological formations or uses it in industrial processes. The captured CO2 is then either stored underground or used for enhanced oil recovery.

The Benefits of Carbon Capture

Carbon capture has several benefits, including:

Reduced carbon emissions: Carbon capture can reduce carbon emissions by up to 90%, making it an effective tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy security: By capturing and storing carbon emissions, carbon capture can help reduce dependence on fossil fuels, enhancing energy security.

Job creation: The development and deployment of carbon capture technology can create jobs in research, development, and manufacturing.

Economic growth: Carbon capture can also create economic growth by providing a new industry for the development and deployment of the technology.

Challenges to Carbon Capture

While carbon capture holds great promise, there are also significant challenges to its widespread deployment. Some of these challenges include:

High cost: The high cost of carbon capture technology is a significant barrier to its widespread deployment.

Infrastructure requirements: Carbon capture requires significant infrastructure, including pipelines and storage facilities, which can be challenging to develop.

Environmental risks: There are concerns about the environmental risks of carbon capture, including the possibility of CO2 leakage from storage facilities.

Will Carbon Capture Work?

While there are challenges to carbon capture, there is also evidence that it can work. There are several large-scale carbon capture projects currently underway, including the Petra Nova project in Texas, which captures carbon emissions from a coal-fired power plant and stores them underground.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has also recognized the potential of carbon capture, stating that it is a critical component of efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The Way Forward

To fully realize the potential of carbon capture, more research and development are needed, and industry and academia need to work together to share their findings and collaborate on solutions.

That is why the World Asthma Foundation is underwriting the TimeToClearTheAir.com Symposium, which will bring together experts from industry and academia to share their research and collaborate on solutions to the challenges of carbon capture.

We invite industry and academia to participate in the TimeToClearTheAir.com Symposium and share their findings on carbon capture. Together, we can work towards a sustainable future and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Please contact us if would like to participate.