Episode 2: Athens, Greece – Wood Burning/Fireplaces

Originally posted on See The Air:
[EN]This is a bilingual episode. If you want to listen to the Greek version please go to minute 14:52. In this episode, Andrea, who lives in Athens Greece, will share with us his everyday experience with air pollution.The main source of air pollution in his city during winter is…

Where do we enjoy the best Air Quality in Greece – and where do we suffer from the worst?

So, let’s have a look at a question that people often make me: where do we breathe the best air in Greece, and where the worse? The answer is not straight forward and brings some surprises: Surprise No. 1: Athens is not the most polluted city of Greece. Smaller cities and villages, as well asContinue reading “Where do we enjoy the best Air Quality in Greece – and where do we suffer from the worst?”

People working in offices in Greece breathe very bad Air

When you have to work indoors in an office that has this kind of bad air for 8+ hours a day, no wonder that you get home with a headache and dizzy feeling. And get sick too often with cold, flu, sore throat, etc. Two are the problems shown from the measurements of the AtmoTubeContinue reading “People working in offices in Greece breathe very bad Air”

How Air Pollution looks like

Do you want to see how Air Pollution looks like? Here are two pics of the Air Pollution of Athens that was trapped in our HEPA Air filter in the past six months – left is the old filter, right the new one that we changed today. We use these Air Filters to keep theContinue reading “How Air Pollution looks like”

Is Saharan dust so bad for our health?

Saharan dust has reached our country again these days, and will be in the air until the end of the month, along with warm, spring temperatures. What’s interesting is that this time the dust didn’t arrive to Greece directly from Africa, because the winds that brought it to us are northerly, not southerly. The dustContinue reading “Is Saharan dust so bad for our health?”

Wood Smoke is chocking our kids’ lungs, night after night, but nobody seems to care

So, this is the “normal” of our Greek evenings in winter. It’s happening allover the country, day after day, night after night. Really nothing to do with our Greek summer nights, which everybody envy us for… Kids gathering on our squares filled with wood smoke. Lots of it, tons of it, but no one seemsContinue reading “Wood Smoke is chocking our kids’ lungs, night after night, but nobody seems to care”

High traffic pollution in Athens these days

If you live in Athens, can you feel that typical stingy, acrid smell in the air today (and yesterday)? You can clearly see it on a Purple Air map: I am not talking about the wood smoke smell that we feel at night, which is extreme too. I refer to the typical traffic-related smell rightContinue reading “High traffic pollution in Athens these days”

Our newest Airly AQ Monitor went live today in Aghios Germanos, Prespa!

Today our new Airly Air Quality Monitor started broadcasting live data from Aghios Germanos in Prespa! Find it on the map here. We set it up in Prespa in order to get an idea about Air Pollution in one of the Greek regions located as far as possible from cities and their urban pollution. LogicallyContinue reading “Our newest Airly AQ Monitor went live today in Aghios Germanos, Prespa!”

New study finds that Greek cities have the fourth highest mortality burden due to Particulate Matter PM2,5 in Europe

Just a couple of weeks ago a new, important study was published: Premature mortality due to air pollution in European cities: a health impact assessment This is the first study to estimate the premature mortality burden due to Air Pollution at a city level in Europe. The results show that a considerable proportion of prematureContinue reading “New study finds that Greek cities have the fourth highest mortality burden due to Particulate Matter PM2,5 in Europe”

Two people die every hour in Greece because of Air Pollution

A new study published last week reports that in India nearly 5 people die every minute because of the burning of fossil fuels. Globally, 8.7 people died in 2018 because of Air Pollution, most of them (30,7%) in Asia, and as many as 16.8% in Europe and 26,7% in N America. Don’t be fooled intoContinue reading “Two people die every hour in Greece because of Air Pollution”