We all live downwind – Winter Air Quality in Greece

If you pay attention, in the image above you can see a village hidden within a thick layer of smoke. This is one of the many villages of the fertile Messenian plain north of Kalamata, home to hundreds of thousands of olive trees that produce one of the best olive oils of Greece, as wellContinue reading “We all live downwind – Winter Air Quality in Greece”

Wood smoke accounts for almost half of the annual carcinogenic potential of Athens’ Air Pollution: study

Wood smoke engulfs the Acropolis, a wood smoke that is killing Athens’ citizens, as scientists from our very own city just showed in a new, revealing study. But no one listens, surely not in Athens nor in Greece in general, and this is the problem. Authorities over here (but allover the world too, actually) areContinue reading “Wood smoke accounts for almost half of the annual carcinogenic potential of Athens’ Air Pollution: study”

Athens Air Quality Journal

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 mostly taken from Filoppapou Hill show the visibility over the city, which is a way of visuallyContinue reading “Athens Air Quality Journal”

Agis Emmanouil’s 2421km Climate Run – Air Quality Full Results

Now that Agis has finally reached his destination at the COP26 Conference in Glasgow, we can get a full look at the Air Quality he found all along his incredible 2421KM Climate Run. Air Pollution is nowadays recognized as one of the most serious threats to people’s and the environment’s health. Nine people in tenContinue reading “Agis Emmanouil’s 2421km Climate Run – Air Quality Full Results”

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”

“A Code Red For Humanity”, the new 2021 IPCC Climate Report

Yesterday came out the new climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the UN. It is described as “A code red for humanity”. The report has warned that major changes due to global heating are inevitable and irreversible with devastating consequences for all life on Earth. We are now at +1,2°CContinue reading ““A Code Red For Humanity”, the new 2021 IPCC Climate Report”

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”

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”

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”