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”

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”

Air pollution is linked to ‘huge’ rise in child asthma GP visits

What a surprise….. Finally a new, big research backed by clinical data came out to tell us the obvious:Air pollution is linked to ‘huge’ rise in child asthma GP visits. And not only children, but people of all ages, although children are the most affected, unfortunately. Read a report of the study here, and theContinue reading “Air pollution is linked to ‘huge’ rise in child asthma GP visits”

Greek Orthodox Easter in days of high Air Pollution

Dear readers, I hope you all had a nice Orthodox Easter yesterday! Greek Easter this year came at a moment when the atmospheric conditions were not really favorable to do either fireworks nor open air grills. Yesterday we had one of the worse days of the year in term of Air Pollution. See in theContinue reading “Greek Orthodox Easter in days of high Air Pollution”

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”

High traffic pollution in Athens these days

If you live in Athens, can you feel that typical stingy, acrid smell in the air today (and yesterday)? You can clearly see it on a Purple Air map: I am not talking about the wood smoke smell that we feel at night, which is extreme too. I refer to the typical traffic-related smell rightContinue reading “High traffic pollution in Athens these days”

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”

The struggle of Volos’ citizens against the rubbish-burning factory that poisons their air

This post follows the ERT3 video report of 30/12/2020 about the big Air Pollution issue that the citizens of Volos, Thessaly, have to deal with daily. In Volos there is a project called Green Your Air (www.greenyourair.org) that is collecting data on the Air Pollution of the city and raises awareness about the issue withinContinue reading “The struggle of Volos’ citizens against the rubbish-burning factory that poisons their air”