New evidence that air pollution contributes substantially to lung cancer – article

Data from a breakthrough study in understanding how air pollution can lead to lung cancer, presented at the European Society of Medical Oncology congress on Sept 9–13, 2022, promise to revolutionise the field of oncology and approaches to public health. See the article here. Although smoking remains the biggest risk factor for lung cancer worldwide, an estimatedContinue reading “New evidence that air pollution contributes substantially to lung cancer – article”

Climate in Greece warmer by about 5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century – article

“The climate in countries including Egypt, Greece and Saudi Arabia is projected to warm by about 9 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) by the end of the century, the study said.” That’s twice as fast as the rest of the world. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/09/07/middle-east-mediterranean-climate-change/ A grim future for our kids… And we are to be blamed. WeContinue reading “Climate in Greece warmer by about 5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century – article”

Planning on switching back to oil or wood from natural gas this winter? Don’t. Buy a heat pump instead.

If you are planning to go back to burning oil or even wood from natural gas this winter, you need to know that you are going to be back to releasing a lot more pollution in the air. Which is like setting up your town on fire every night. See the infographic here above. LookContinue reading “Planning on switching back to oil or wood from natural gas this winter? Don’t. Buy a heat pump instead.”

Athens and the C40 Network of cities aiming at sustainability & Clean Air

All people, no matter where they live, deserve to breathe clean air. Right? The C40 network puts together nearly 100 cities across the world with the aim of advancing solutions to address the climate crisis & protect #TheAirWeShare to guarantee a future where everyone can breathe clean air. C40 is a network of Mayors ofContinue reading “Athens and the C40 Network of cities aiming at sustainability & Clean Air”

11th International Aerosol Conference in Athens, 4-9 Sept. 2022

Nobody in Greece probably knows this, but a conference called “11th International Aerosol Conference” is being held in Athens this week. Scientists from allover the world gathered to talk about Air Quality and aerosols, aka the invisible air particles that cause Air Pollution and that make us sick and kill us. To me the bigContinue reading “11th International Aerosol Conference in Athens, 4-9 Sept. 2022”

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”

(CleanAir) Wishes for 2022

I wish I hadn’t seen “Don’t look up”. I can’t stop seeing in my head over and over the scenes with Dr. Mindy (Leonardo di Caprio) and Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) freaking out in front of the camera because of the total indifference of the journalists (and politicians and entire human population) at the factsContinue reading “(CleanAir) Wishes for 2022”

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”

The health price of Air Pollution in Greece: in 2019 as many people as the whole city of Nafpaktos died because of the toxic air we must breathe in the country

More than 13,300 people (a town the size of Nafpaktos) died as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution in Greece in 2019, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said in its annual briefing on the health impacts of the problem in Europe last Monday. See an article by Giorgos Lialios on the Greek newspaperContinue reading “The health price of Air Pollution in Greece: in 2019 as many people as the whole city of Nafpaktos died because of the toxic air we must breathe in the country”