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”

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”

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”

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”