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”
Tag Archives: Wood smoke
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”
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?”
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”
Our newest Airly AQ Monitor went live today in Aghios Germanos, Prespa!
Today our new Airly Air Quality Monitor started broadcasting live data from Aghios Germanos in Prespa! Find it on the map here. We set it up in Prespa in order to get an idea about Air Pollution in one of the Greek regions located as far as possible from cities and their urban pollution. LogicallyContinue reading “Our newest Airly AQ Monitor went live today in Aghios Germanos, Prespa!”
Gas heater vs. wood stoves – a practical consideration of why gas should be favored over wood and oil in our cities
We just got our first bill from the gas company. We didn’t have gas last year, and we had to warm up the house with electric heaters (2000W each, one per room – and the house was never really warm). It turns out that our bill is around 28 Euro per month now. We haveContinue reading “Gas heater vs. wood stoves – a practical consideration of why gas should be favored over wood and oil in our cities”
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”
The city of Larisa is chocking in wood smoke!
When looking at the only Air Quality sensor in Larisa whose activity is visible in real time by anyone on the Airly website (https://airly.org/map/en/#39.635407,22.41419,i15580), one can only wonder what the hell is going on there. Pollution there is always in the red to purple levels, meaning AIR POLLUTION ALERT!!!! Every evening PM2,5 go well aboveContinue reading “The city of Larisa is chocking in wood smoke!”
A visual explanation of why residential heating with wood and fossil fuels belongs to the past
Hard to think that such a beautiful, day with such a nice and clean air, has to end up into such a disastrous night… Particulate matter PM2,5 was around 120 μg/m3 in Thiseio and above 200 μg/m3 in Chalandri at midnight yesterday. These are very dangerous levels of Air Pollution that we should never haveContinue reading “A visual explanation of why residential heating with wood and fossil fuels belongs to the past”