An orange sky

Any Greeks still doubtful about climate change are becoming more convinced as yet another cloud of dust from the Sahara hits Greek skies.
Athens, known for the pure blue of its Attic sky, is covered in a yellow haze, and people are going around coughing or hiding their mouths behind handkerchiefs.




Things have been even worse in Crete, because its proximity to Africa means the dust is denser, turning the atmosphere bright orange.




We have always had this phenomenon when certain climatic conditions prevailed, but it would occur only occasionally. In the last few years it is becoming more common and happens several times per year. According to scientists, it will probably continue increasing with time, as climate warming becomes more intense.

The dust cloud is not toxic, but it is extremely unpleasant and can cause breathing problems in people suffering from lung conditions such as asthma.

This is what the sky should look like at this time of year!

Almond blossom

21 thoughts on “An orange sky”

  1. You have dust clouds, and we have a temperature change predicted of 19 C in three days. (From 5 C, to 24 C from Friday to Monday) Whatever we believe, something strange is definitely going on.
    Best wishes, Pete.


      1. That’s very true, Marina. I have often talked about this to those who are totally convinced about Climate Change. Personally, I am still unsure, though recent weather patterns her have been most unusual.
        Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. The last of your personal photos tell some of the tragic tale! . . . Just to compare (there is no contrast)- Australia’s mid-East temps have been in their day-time temps of 30C or more for weeks . . . the very first time in the quarter -century I have resided here, I have not had the usual central heating on for at least a month – naturally, with the way Ix electricity costs have risen in the last two years, that is a very short-term blessing – !!!

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  3. So very sad and unnecessary – WE are responsible for this. And WE can fix this.

    Oddly, when I was a little kid living in New Jersey (USA) in the 1950s I had no idea what color the sky was. So I’d stand outside and look up, then go in to color my art. I always made the sky yellow.

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