By the late 1970s, the pollution of Athens had become so destructive that according to the then Greek Minister of Culture, Constantine Trypanis, "..carved details on the five the caryatids of the Erechtheum had seriously degenerated, while the face of the horseman on the Parthenon's west side was all but obliterated." A series of measures taken by the authorities of the city throughout the 1990s resulted in the improvement of air quality; the appearance of smog (or nefos as the Athenians used to call it) has become less common.
Measures taken by the Greek authorities throughout the 1990s have improved the quality of air over the Attica Basin.
The basin is bounded by four large mountains: Mount Aigaleo to the west, Mount Parnitha to the north, Mount Pentelicus to the northeast and Mount Hymettus to the east.Online dating gets you out into the dating world without even leaving home. Athens single women over 50 are waiting to meet you! Classical Athens was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus, which had been a distinct city prior to its 5th century BCE incorporation with Athens.In January 2007, Athens faced a waste management problem when its landfill near Ano Liosia, an Athenian suburb, reached capacity.Athens has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification: Csa).Nevertheless, air pollution still remains an issue for Athens, particularly during the hottest summer days.In late June 2007, The major waste management efforts undertaken in the last decade (particularly the plant built on the small island of Psytalia) have improved water quality in the Saronic Gulf, and the coastal waters of Athens are now accessible again to swimmers.The dominant feature of Athens' climate is alternation between prolonged hot and dry summers and mild winters with moderate rainfall.With an average of 416.8 millimetres (16.41 in) of yearly precipitation, rainfall occurs largely between the months of October and April.July and August are the driest months, where thunderstorms occur sparsely once or twice a month.The annual precipitation of Athens is typically lower than in other parts of Greece, mainly in western Greece.