Athens forests are burning… and thick smoke is covering the whole city

Good morning in hell… The huge wildfire just north of Athens that started yesterday is covering the whole city with smoke and ashes this morning. And outside it is 45 degrees… And for the first time, at last, a governmental warning has been issued to ask citizens to stay hermetically closed in their houses inContinue reading “Athens forests are burning… and thick smoke is covering the whole city”

A few words on the newly proposed EU climate action and European Green Deal

On 14 July 2021, the European Commission adopted a series of legislative proposals setting out how it intends to achieve climate neutrality in the EU by 2050, including the intermediate target of an at least 55% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The package proposes to revise several pieces of EU climate legislation, including the EU ETS,Continue reading “A few words on the newly proposed EU climate action and European Green Deal”

How can you turn Air Quality data into Art? ARIA – An Audio-visual performance with music composed using Air Quality data taken from AQ Monitors in Greece

On the 27th of June 2021 I had the honour to present the Audio-visual performance “ARIA” – (Air in Italian) – at the Borderline Festival of the Stegi Onassis Cultural Foundation in Athens, along with the Video artist Erato Tzavara and the musician Coti K. How can you make Art from raw Air Quality data?Continue reading “How can you turn Air Quality data into Art? ARIA – An Audio-visual performance with music composed using Air Quality data taken from AQ Monitors in Greece”

Global temperatures chart 1850-2020

Here is the global temperature chart for the whole planet, from 1850 to 2020. See what is the inheritance I am leaving to my daughter? It’s so scary…. Just have a look at how fast the atmosphere has warmed up in the past 30 years. If we consider 1850 the beginning of the Industrial RevolutionContinue reading “Global temperatures chart 1850-2020”

During May 2021 Athens was the 5th most polluted city of Europe

During May 2021 Athens was the 5th most polluted city of Europe concerning Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2). Levels of NO2 are always very high in our city, way above the safety levels. The concentration of NO2 in the air may not exceed an annual average of 40 μg/m3, according to the EU Air Quality Directive. InContinue reading “During May 2021 Athens was the 5th most polluted city of Europe”

Temperature Changes in Greece since 1901

These next days we will have 40 degrees in Greece. Have a look at the above colored chart to see how Greece has warmed up since 1901. Hot is the new normal… It’s getting hotter and hotter like in the rest of the world, and with more frequent hot spells. And unfortunately hotter means alsoContinue reading “Temperature Changes in Greece since 1901”

Wildfire smoke reached Athens today

The wildfire smoke from a pine forest near Korinth that reached Athens today afternoon reached also the N Cyclades, as it is clearly visible on the PurpleAir map here below. Yet, as tragic as it is to see yet another natural forest burnt down, I want to be the devil’s advocate and remind that inContinue reading “Wildfire smoke reached Athens today”

Air pollution is linked to ‘huge’ rise in child asthma GP visits

What a surprise….. Finally a new, big research backed by clinical data came out to tell us the obvious:Air pollution is linked to ‘huge’ rise in child asthma GP visits. And not only children, but people of all ages, although children are the most affected, unfortunately. Read a report of the study here, and theContinue reading “Air pollution is linked to ‘huge’ rise in child asthma GP visits”

Glorious Mt. Taygetos’ Air!

Since I started measuring daily the Air Quality around me about one year ago, this weekend was the very first time that the AtmoTube portable AQ monitor that I carry with me all the time showed me a 100% clean air. This was on the summit area of Mt. Taygetos, a wonderful 2404m tall mountainContinue reading “Glorious Mt. Taygetos’ Air!”

Greek Orthodox Easter in days of high Air Pollution

Dear readers, I hope you all had a nice Orthodox Easter yesterday! Greek Easter this year came at a moment when the atmospheric conditions were not really favorable to do either fireworks nor open air grills. Yesterday we had one of the worse days of the year in term of Air Pollution. See in theContinue reading “Greek Orthodox Easter in days of high Air Pollution”