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”
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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”
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”
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”
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”
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!”
The sky is on fire! Warm Air with Saharan dust reaches our country…
These warm, cloudy days with Saharan dust treat us with skies simply one more spectacular than the other these days… Have a look at the Windy map below to see how the dust (in yellow) is blown across the Mediterranean Sea by the southerly winds … Needless to say it, the wind blowing Saharan dustContinue reading “The sky is on fire! Warm Air with Saharan dust reaches our country…”
Happy New Year 2021 from Athens!
Happy New Year 2021 from Athens! We enjoyed very nice fireworks at the turn of the year, like in most cities of the world. Needless to say it, Air Pollution had a big spike at midnight due to the smoke from the fireworks. Have a look at the Particulate Matter PM2,5 graphs that show itContinue reading “Happy New Year 2021 from Athens!”
A visual explanation of why residential heating with wood and fossil fuels belongs to the past
Hard to think that such a beautiful, day with such a nice and clean air, has to end up into such a disastrous night… Particulate matter PM2,5 was around 120 μg/m3 in Thiseio and above 200 μg/m3 in Chalandri at midnight yesterday. These are very dangerous levels of Air Pollution that we should never haveContinue reading “A visual explanation of why residential heating with wood and fossil fuels belongs to the past”