Athens Air Quality Journal

We start this month a journal whose aim is to picture the daily Air Quality (AQ) in Athens. This post aims at documenting how the atmosphere looks and feels like in terms of Air Pollution, day after day, in our capital. Photographs taken from Filoppapou Hill show the visibility over the city, which is aContinue reading “Athens Air Quality Journal”

Air Quality insights along Agis Emmanouil’s incredible 2421KM Climate Run

Agis Emmanouil is performing the incredible 2421km Climate Run from Athens to Glasgow in order to raise awareness on the climate crisis. Is there a better and most sustainable way than bringing the message on foot, for 2421 Km? Yet, Agis is running on roads that pass from some of the most polluted areas ofContinue reading “Air Quality insights along Agis Emmanouil’s incredible 2421KM Climate Run”

Interview to Prof D. Sarigiannis about the dangers of Air Pollution, especially from wood smoke, and about its alarming increase in Greece

The huge raise in the electricity (50%), natural gas (82%) and heating oil (30%) costs starting this month is big news in Greece these days. How will Greek citizens be able to afford these extra costs, when these commodities are already among the most expensive in the EU? They simply won’t, and they will turnContinue reading “Interview to Prof D. Sarigiannis about the dangers of Air Pollution, especially from wood smoke, and about its alarming increase in Greece”

A very rough estimate of how many deaths could be attributed to Wood Smoke in Athens every year

This new study was published today. It shows the effects of wood heaters on people’s mortality in Armidale, an Australian city of 25.000 people in New South Whales. The study’s result is that every year 14 people die in Armidale because of the polluted air they must breathe because of wood heaters. Now, Armidale isContinue reading “A very rough estimate of how many deaths could be attributed to Wood Smoke in Athens every year”

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”

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!”

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?”

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?”