Athens Air Quality Journal

We start this month 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 taken from Filoppapou Hill show the visibility over the city, which is aContinue reading “Athens Air Quality Journal”

Frequently Asked Questions On Air Pollution

All the questions you’ve ever had on this deadly form of Pollution, answered by scientists all in one place. Thanks to http://www.cleanairblueskies.org. The featured image with the Acropolis shows a plume of smoke over Athens from this summer devastating wildfires.

A very rough estimate of how many deaths could be attributed to Wood Smoke in Athens every year

This new study was published today. It shows the effects of wood heaters on people’s mortality in Armidale, an Australian city of 25.000 people in New South Whales. The study’s result is that every year 14 people die in Armidale because of the polluted air they must breathe because of wood heaters. Now, Armidale isContinue reading “A very rough estimate of how many deaths could be attributed to Wood Smoke in Athens every year”

Athens forests are burning… and thick smoke is covering the whole city

Good morning in hell… The huge wildfire just north of Athens that started yesterday is covering the whole city with smoke and ashes this morning. And outside it is 45 degrees… And for the first time, at last, a governmental warning has been issued to ask citizens to stay hermetically closed in their houses inContinue reading “Athens forests are burning… and thick smoke is covering the whole city”

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”

Where do we enjoy the best Air Quality in Greece – and where do we suffer from the worst?

So, let’s have a look at a question that people often make me: where do we breathe the best air in Greece, and where the worse? The answer is not straight forward and brings some surprises: Surprise No. 1: Athens is not the most polluted city of Greece. Smaller cities and villages, as well asContinue reading “Where do we enjoy the best Air Quality in Greece – and where do we suffer from the worst?”

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”

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!”

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!”