Smog levels rise at nighttime, research reveals

A group of scientists currently conducting research with regard to the environmental impact from the increased use of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves, have announced some early findings, Skai reported on Friday.

A first systematic research conducted on Wednesday revealed that the concentration of particulates in the atmosphere reached up to 300 micrograms per cubic meter of air in Athens. The highest levels were recorded from 10 p.m. to midnight. The research project will run to February 10.

Over the part few weeks, scientists working together with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO), have been warning over the health risks linked to the increasing use of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves by those looking to cut down on heating bills, warning that burning wood at home releases 30 times more air pollution than using a well-maintained heating oil or gas-burning boiler.

So far, high levels of smog have been detected in the port of Patra in the Peloponese and the northern port city of Thessaloniki, as well as in certain parts of the Attica region, particularly in Penteli and areas situated at the foot of Mount Hymettus.