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?”

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 can be a very localized issue

I was in Rio (near Patras, Greece, not Rio de Janeiro …) yesterday, standing by the sea with a magnificent view of the Rio-Antirio bridge that connects the Peloponnese Peninsula to the Greek mainland. A cold, northerly wind had brought very Clean Air to the country, which just until a few hours before had beenContinue reading “Air Pollution can be a very localized issue”

Foggy days

Foggy days in northern Greece. If this might look cool from above the fog – see an article here https://epirusonline.gr/eidiseis/ipeiros/omichli-skepase-ta-ioannina/, the situation is not so rosy below the fog blanket. In fact, fog in winter in or cities and villages means something more like smog (the word comes from smoke and fog, not surprisingly…), whichContinue reading “Foggy days”

Rain!

What do Athens and the Gialova Lagoon (Pylos) in the pictures have in common, except for the beautiful rainbows? Clean Air! Rain brings clean air to our cities. Most of the people living in Greek cities don’t like the rain, but here is one reason why we should see things differently… Just have a lookContinue reading “Rain!”