Greek Government must do more (and quicker) to promote electric heating in our homes

A couple of days ago the Greek Minister of the Environment Kostas Skrekas proudly announced that Greece is 8th worldwide in terms of Renewable Energy development and raised the RES target for 2030 from 70 to 80%. This is good, but now we need to see this affecting also the energy prices for consumers byContinue reading “Greek Government must do more (and quicker) to promote electric heating in our homes”

Wood is not going to be our friend this winter, and here is why

This blog’s approach to the issue of Air Quality is basically from the bottom up, from the “on my own skin” experience of the quality of air that we all have to breathe in our cities/villages on a particular day. In practical terms, it is an ongoing enquiry that starts at the moment we wakeContinue reading “Wood is not going to be our friend this winter, and here is why”

Greece runs on 100% renewable energy for the very first time in history!

This is a very important landmark for Greece: last week it ran on 100% renewable energy for the very first time in history! This is really a great achievement, well ahead of what we were expecting, but yet, it’s not so easy to rejoice. In fact, we need to ask ourselves where is that renewableContinue reading “Greece runs on 100% renewable energy for the very first time in history!”

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”

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies – September 7, 2022

Happy International Day of Clean Air for blue skies 2022! No one is probably aware of this event in Greece… This year’s theme is ‘The Air We Share’. It focuses on the transboundary nature of air pollution highlighting the need for collective accountability and collective action. Air pollution knows no national borders and is allContinue reading “International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies – September 7, 2022”

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”