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The murky issue of air pollution in North Macedonia

In winter, Skopje, the Capital of North Macedonia, is one of the most polluted cities in Europe. According to estimates from the World Bank Study, over 1000 people die each year as a result of air pollution in North Macedonia … Continue reading

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Balkan countries are source of most of SO2 emissions in Europe

Ukraine, Turkey and the Western Balkans topped the European charts in 2019 across all types of air pollutants from coal-fired thermal power plants, Ember found. Furthermore, over half of entire SO2 emissions originated in Southeastern Europe. Coal power air pollution … Continue reading

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Air pollution in CEE has a high economic and human cost – Emerging Europe

Air quality in parts of Central and Eastern Europe is poor, and not enough is being done to tackle the problem. Poland is the worst offender. The Polish Economic Institute recently released staggering figures regarding the economic costs of air … Continue reading

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Heating woes fuel Balkan smog crisis

As winter grips the Balkans, the poor are caught in a cruel bind, being forced to light fires at home for heating while fuelling a pollution crisis smothering the region. In recent weeks, Balkan capitals from Belgrade Sarajevo to Skopje … Continue reading

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Air pollution a growing threat for North Macedonia

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently ranked Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, as the third most polluted city in Europe. The organisation’s data shows that Skopje’s annual air pollution stood at 40 µg/m3 in 2018, 60 per cent higher … Continue reading

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Inside Skopje, Europe’s most polluted capital city

Every winter, the pollution in Skopje skyrockets to alarmingly high rates. In 2018, Skopje became the most polluted capital city in Europe, reaching the highest annual mean of PM 2.5, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Tiny particles named … Continue reading

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Air pollution knocks almost one year off the average European’s life: WHO

Nine out of ten people worldwide breathe polluted air daily, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). That means 91% of the world’s population are living in places where air quality exceeds guideline limits. Air pollution is thought to directly … Continue reading

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Air Pollution Forces School Closures Across Macedonia

Macedonia’s government has ordered the winter break for students to be extended to January 23 because of extremely high levels of air pollution in many cities across the country. The government said in a statement on January 20 that the … Continue reading

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