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”

Gas heater vs. wood stoves – a practical consideration of why gas should be favored over wood and oil in our cities

We just got our first bill from the gas company. We didn’t have gas last year, and we had to warm up the house with electric heaters (2000W each, one per room – and the house was never really warm). It turns out that our bill is around 28 Euro per month now. We haveContinue reading “Gas heater vs. wood stoves – a practical consideration of why gas should be favored over wood and oil in our cities”

Air Pollution in a city can vary greatly in a short distance. This video clearly shows it!

While riding my bike back home after bringing my little daughter to school along the Acropolis walkway “Dionisios Aeropagitou” yesterday morning, I came across an Air Pollution phenomenon that was so clear that I had to make a video of it. So I rushed home to get the camera and went back to document it.Continue reading “Air Pollution in a city can vary greatly in a short distance. This video clearly shows it!”

Indoor Air Quality: 2. The importance of indoor AQ Monitors

Indoor AQ sensors: sensors that measure the Quality of the Air inside your home, school, office, etc. This post follows our first post about external AQ monitors and deals with indoor AQ monitors. What are they and why are they as important (if not more) as external AQ monitors ? Knowing the quality of theContinue reading “Indoor Air Quality: 2. The importance of indoor AQ Monitors”