New evidence that air pollution contributes substantially to lung cancer – article

Data from a breakthrough study in understanding how air pollution can lead to lung cancer, presented at the European Society of Medical Oncology congress on Sept 9–13, 2022, promise to revolutionise the field of oncology and approaches to public health. See the article here. Although smoking remains the biggest risk factor for lung cancer worldwide, an estimatedContinue reading “New evidence that air pollution contributes substantially to lung cancer – article”

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”

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”

Wind and Solar energy helped keeping the Air cleaner in the EU this summer

Let’s see things the other way around.  Opponents to wind and solar energy say that they are not reliable because wind and light are not stable. Ok. But look at it from the other perspective. The huge heatwave that baked Europe this summer caused nuclear and hydropower energy to drop by 70% and 62% respectively.Continue reading “Wind and Solar energy helped keeping the Air cleaner in the EU this summer”

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”

Athens Air Quality Journal

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 mostly taken from Filoppapou Hill show the visibility over the city, which is a way of visuallyContinue reading “Athens Air Quality Journal”

“A Code Red For Humanity”, the new 2021 IPCC Climate Report

Yesterday came out the new climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the UN. It is described as “A code red for humanity”. The report has warned that major changes due to global heating are inevitable and irreversible with devastating consequences for all life on Earth. We are now at +1,2°CContinue reading ““A Code Red For Humanity”, the new 2021 IPCC Climate Report”

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”

Temperature Changes in Greece since 1901

These next days we will have 40 degrees in Greece. Have a look at the above colored chart to see how Greece has warmed up since 1901. Hot is the new normal… It’s getting hotter and hotter like in the rest of the world, and with more frequent hot spells. And unfortunately hotter means alsoContinue reading “Temperature Changes in Greece since 1901”

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”