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Sotirios Papathanasiou: data transparency and strict norms are ways to tackle air pollution

Sotirios Papathanasiou – the author of the blog See The Air, told us what he thinks should be done to repair the air around the world.

Airly’s motto is “Repair the air”, but what does that really mean? Certainly, air quality monitoring is an absolute basis to understand the causes of pollution and determine its scale. This should be followed by significant changes in policy, regulation and education. How can it be done properly? We decided to ask air quality experts from around the world. We were the first to ask Sotiros Papathanasiou – author of See The Air blog. Here’s what he had to say.

Sotirios Papathanasiou, See The Air blog: 

The first step in solving such a big problem is to recognize that it does exist worldwide.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of anthropogenic sources of air pollution around the world, like wood-burning, agricultural burnings, marine and road traffic, industrial pollution, and waste burning. All of them consist of burning a form of solid, liquid, or gas fossil fuel.

We have to move away from fossil fuels and aim always for the lowest pollution concentration possible. The updated 2021 WHO Air Quality Guidelines are a great place to start because air pollution is a major global public health threat even at the lowest observable concentrations. Finally, air quality data transparency from governments is another fundamental step if we want healthy dwellers.


Sotirios Papathanasiou

Author of the See The Air blog and the podcast of the same title. In addition, the author of books on air pollution – “See The Air”, as well as books for children explaining the basics of air pollution. He is very active on social media, especially on Twitter, where he publishes his thoughts and interesting content on air pollution.

Sotirios Papathanasiou on Twitter

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