How the great painters of world recorded changes in the atmosphere for posterity

For all of you that love art as much as I do, this week’s blog is sure to interest you!

A team of German and Greek art and science researchers have recently published in the “Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics journal published by the European Geosciences Union (EGU for short) their findings of the correlation between the colors of painted sunsets and the estimable level of pollution. Specifically, the famous paintings that they studied show how much ash and gas had been released after volcanic eruptions. According to them, eruptions like the one that occurred in Indonesia’s Tambora volcano in 1815.

Artists all over Europe noticed the changes in sunset color as the volcanic ash and gas “spewed into the atmosphere.” The particles scattered the sunlight, causing sunsets to appear more red or orange than usual. Apparently this wasn’t a one time occurrence; rather, this phenomenon lasted up to 3 years.

One such nature artist was J. M. W. Turner. Scientists, along with art historians, are using his and other paintings to further understand how the composition of the atmosphere relates to the art of the time. In order to fully do so, the team analyzed hundreds of high-quality photographs of sunset paintings between the years of 1500 BCE and 2000. This period included over 50 volcanic eruptions in places all around the world. The result? The green-to-red ratio did in fact correlate with the amount of volcanically emitted aerosols within the atmosphere; this was across the board, no matter the school or location of the painters.

This study is already helping researchers to fully understand how aerosols of any type have affected and could continue to affect the Earth’s climate.

In order to read more about this fascinating study, click the link below!


Going Green for Prom …Why Not?!

Heyy Guys!! Did you know that you can go Green for Prom this year? Whether it’s donating an old dress that’s still in good condition or carpooling with friends, there are lots of ways to do it.

The typical American discards about 68 pounds of used clothing a year. This adds up to two quadrillion pounds of clothing being tossed into landfills by Americans every year. Donating your used clothing helps the environment by keeping stuff out of the landfills.


1)By visiting, you can help other girls who are in desperate need for a dress. Or if you are in need of a dress before that BIG Day, visiting your local Thrift Store can always help.

2) Carpooling can be a major help too. When you carpool, an average car with a driver and two passengers naturally decreases that number by two-thirds to only 0.37 lbs. of carbon dioxide per person-mile. Taking your car off the road just a day a week will help keep the air clean and helps remove congestion from our roads. I love Carpooling with my girls–it’s SO MUCH FUN!!!! and we save gas.

3) Mining is destructive to the natural environment around mines, creates waste rock disposal problems, and uses harsh chemicals which can be significant sources of waste and harm to workers and nature. If you’re a jewelry lover, here are some other options you can try out. Especially if you’re not a glittery type sparkle person, you’ll probably enjoy some of these eco-prom ideas.

Here are some pics of cute jewelry from these websites:






OnAIr says:  What do you think of Sherease’s ideas? How else could you green-up the prom this year?  Tell us your ideas in the comments!


1 Possible Reason (That You’ve Never Considered) for Why India’s Air Quality is the Worst

The first thing that comes to many minds when India is mentioned is usually something along the lines of easygoing pachyderms, mouthwatering foods or wonders of the world. But smoggy conditions are almost literally making it hard to see any of these gems.

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Why These 2 Schools are the Greenest on Earth

So California, you’re doing a great job…but…Hong Kong and Kenya have the best green schools of all time.

But all jokes aside, these two schools have been named the Greenest Schools on Earth for 2013. Usually, there is only one winner; however the Global Coalition for Green Schools, which is an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and the World Green Building Council, simply couldn’t decide. They granted each school $5,000 to continue to work on their sustainability projects.

Say hello to the winners:

Sing Yin Secondary School – Hong Kong

What’s great about this school?

It has an organic farm.

It has two green roofs.

It even has an aquarium.

All classrooms are equipped with solar panel lighting, LED sensors, and motion sensors.

And, last but certainly not least, the school has assigned 100 students to be “green ambassadors” to carry out green initiatives in the community.


Uaso Nyiro Primary School – Kenya

It has a Waterbank School Building, which is made from materials found in the surrounding area and local labor.

The facility stores and filters clean water for its students and the surrounding community.

It even provides protected gardens with organically grown fruits and vegetables.

Which includes a courtyard theater and a community workshop where they have gatherings and “environmental theater”.

^ Dead Poet’s Society, Midsummer Night’s Dream reference. Edumacation.

And they did it at a disadvantage — 25% of the community lives on less than $1.25 a day, and it increased school attendance from 70% to 90%. You know what else? The risk of waterborne disease has dropped to zero.

So, yeah. These schools win.

OnAir: Thoughts/opinions? Know how you can make your school a candidate for 2014, or even a winner? Share your insight in a comment below!