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⛽ Sustainable Aviation Fuel. +46% Diabetes Cases. International Education.

Chart of the Day #74 looks at the Sustainable Aviation Fuel, US International Students and Diabetes


Boeing has announced the purchase of 9.4 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel, its largest annual purchase, to support 2024 US commercial operations, reduce carbon emissions, and increase global supply. More International students are exploring Thailand, Poland, and the Philippines due to easier visa processes, post-study work opportunities, and affordability, highlighting their unique strengths.

Today's Topics

🎓 International Education. The US hosted 20% of international students in 2022
Sustainable Aviation Fuel. 19% of aviation fuel expected to be sustainable by 2040
🧑‍⚕️ Diabetes. Global diabetes cases are expected to rise by 46% by 2045

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🎓 The US Hosted 20% of International Students in 2022

The United States hosted 20% of all international students globally in 2022, with the United Kingdom and Canada close behind. The UK and Canada host over half a million students each, making up 13% and 11% of the share, respectively. Students were drawn to these countries for their high academic standards, flexible education systems, and promising career opportunities.

Although these numbers had been steadily rising for years, the pandemic caused a drop in overall enrollment. However, the post-pandemic period saw a significant rebound in international student numbers, leading countries to impose new restrictions. Canada, for instance, reduced study permit approvals by 35% starting in 2023, while the UK announced a ban on overseas students bringing their families into the country. These measures aim to control net overseas migration and improve immigration management.

⛽ 19% of Aviation Fuel Is Expected To Be Sustainable by 2040

The International Energy Agency forecasts that by 2040, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) could constitute 19% of total aviation fuel consumption.  Virgin Airlines operated the first commercial flight powered entirely by SAF in November 2023, flying from London Heathrow to JFK Airport. This flight utilized SAF derived from waste fats, highlighting the adaptability of existing infrastructure meant for traditional aviation fuels (TAF) to SAF production. The aviation industry is increasingly adopting SAF, though mostly in blends with conventional fuels. Airbus has committed to incorporating 15% SAF into its total fuel usage by the end of 2024 and aims to reach at least 30% by 2030.

Should production scale up faster than expected, SAF could account for much more than 19% of total aviation fuel consumption by 2040. Chile plans to contribute significantly to the global growth of SAF, with ambitions to commence large-scale production of SAF by 2030 in a new facility, aiming to meet half of its aviation fuel requirements with SAF by 2050, using a feedstock of oils, fats, and biological and municipal waste. With increased global production capacity, actual SAF usage could exceed current forecasts.

🧑‍⚕️ Global Diabetes Cases are Expected To Rise by 46% by 2045

The total number of diabetes patients globally is expected to increase by 46% by 2045, reaching 783M. With increasing life expectancy, a rise in sedentary lifestyles, and shifting dietary trends, individuals are more susceptible to developing diabetes as a chronic condition.

Over 37M adults in the US have diabetes, a number that has doubled over the past two decades. This increase is due to the aging of the American population and the rise in obesity and overweight, which are major risk factors for type 2 diabetes. China has the highest number of individuals with diabetes, followed by India and Pakistan. While factors like family history, age, and ethnicity heighten the risk of type 2 diabetes, maintaining a moderate weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and adopting a healthy diet can mitigate or postpone the onset of the condition.

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