The McKinsey week in Charts

Will India get too hot to work?

By 2050, temperatures in some parts of northern India could surpass survivability thresholds for healthy adults. The region has already recorded some of the world’s hottest wet-bulb temperatures—a measurement that combines air temperature and relative humidity.

To read the article, see “Will India get too hot to work?,” November 25, 2020.

Eating their own cooking: Chipmakers can benefit from AI

Semiconductor firms make the chips that power artificial intelligence (AI). But only 30 percent use AI themselves. If they make full use of the technology, they could add up to USD 95 billion in profit.

To read the article, see “Scaling AI in the sector that enables it: Lessons for semiconductor-device makers,” April 2, 2021.

For US consumers, price and quality outweigh environmental concerns

Our survey suggests that US buyers don’t care much about sustainability; price, brand, and quality are their main considerations. Other responses to the survey offer more nuance: consumers worry about a wide range of environmental issues, and are willing to pay more for green products if they were more available and better labelled.

To read the article, see “Sustainability in packaging: Inside the minds of US consumers,” October 21, 2020.

Water, wind, heat, and rust

Infrastructure repair is the word of the day. US president Biden has announced The American Jobs Plan to rebuild infrastructure. Electricity and gas grids, seaports and airports, highways and railways, water and sewer systems, public housing and schools—many are outdated or in disrepair. Our research quantifies how much worse things could get as the climate changes.

To read the article, see “America 2021: Renewing the nation’s commitment to climate action,” February 18, 2021.

Green for green

Our latest consumer survey revealed that emerging Asia, along with Brazil, care the most about sustainable packaging—and are willing to pay for it.

To read the article, see “Sustainability in packaging: Consumer views in emerging Asia,” March 8, 2021.

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