Tag: pollution
Macedonia 11.12.19 | 12:27

Zaev’s factory is polluting Strumica

A citizen of Strumica sent a video to the Lider news site revealing how the Elenica factory, owned by the Zaev family, is belching smoke during the evening hours, when the city is at its most polluted. Фирма на Заев загадува Gepostet von Економски Лидер am Montag,...

Macedonia 02.12.19 | 20:55

Air pollution across Macedonia is off the charts this evening

As temperatures dropped at the start of the week, and as more and more households turn on their wood and coal furnaces throughout out the day and in the evenings, the air in most Macedonian cities quickly set new records in pollution. Strumica is the most polluted city this evening, with PM10 particle...

Macedonia 29.11.19 | 11:29

Environmentalists will protest in Skopje, demand urgent measures for cleaner air

Environmentalists will march on the Government building and the Parliament today, in protest against the high levels of air pollution. The mild autumn and relatively strong winds have helped keep the horrific seasonal air pollution levels mostly in check so far, but already several Macedonian cities...

Macedonia 22.11.19 | 10:35

Even Ohrid is choking after air pollution reaches dramatic levels

Ohrid, Macedonia’s main tourist resort, enjoys a reputation of clean environment with the surrounding mountains and the large lake ensuring clean air. But the local air pollution measuring stations show that even Ohrid is not immune from the horrific levels of pollution over winter. PM10 particle...

Culture 06.11.19 | 21:26

Skopje 2020 film portrays the air pollution problem – thanks to the Government we didn’t need any CGI, producers say

Skopje 2020, a short movie that covers the problem of off the charts air pollution in the Macedonian capital Skopje, will be shown at the Cinedays film festival. The movie portrays the troubles of a Skopje family that plans to leave the city because of the unbearable pollution. We are grateful to the...

Macedonia 06.11.19 | 21:12

Illegal smelter or waste burning is polluting Skopje’s western suburbs, citizens say

An Alfa TV crew was in the Saraj district west of Skopje, where residents are complaining that toxic waste is being burnt somewhere in the area. Local citizens say when the furnace hidden behind the high walls of one of the Saraj houses is likely operating, and that they feel an awful smell that spreads...

Macedonia 31.10.19 | 18:43

Law office files charges against the Zaev Government over the horrific level of air pollution

The Apostolski law office announced it is filing charges against Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his Government for the air pollution problem that Macedonia faces. It cites the act Skopje, Bitola and Tetovo are among the 10 worst polluted cities in Europe as evidence that Zaev’s Government is not...

Macedonia 30.10.19 | 13:00

NGO groups call on President Pendarovski to use the army to fight air pollution

NGO groups have called on President Stevo Pendarovski to order the deployment of the army to fight the air pollution, which is becoming a greater problem by the day, as temperatures dip and citizens fire up the furnaces. Each day we witness the burning of dump sites and forest fires which endanger the...

Macedonia 30.10.19 | 09:57

Skopje air pollution worst in Europe

Skopje was the worst city in Europe in terms of air pollution overnight, and 6th worldwide, according to the AQI index. Citizens are beginning to fire up the wood and coal furnaces as temperatures are going down with the end of the unseasonably warm autumn we had so far. Other Balkan capitals such as...

Macedonia 28.10.19 | 10:41

Overnight, Skopje had the fifth worst air pollution stats in the world

Skopje climbed to the 5th spot among the world most polluted cities overnight, according to the world air quality index. New Delhi and Lahore led the list, ahead of several Balkan capitals – Sarajevo, Belgrade and Skopje in fifth place. The Macedonian capital routinelly tops the list during the...

Macedonia 27.10.19 | 12:14

Winter hasn’t started yet and Macedonian cities already set world records in air pollution

With the onset of colder weather, Macedonian cities are again setting records in air pollution – owing to the use of wood and waste for heating. Kumanovo briefly shot to the top of the rankings of worst polluted cities on Saturday, as citizens complained on the social media of an unbearable stench...

Macedonia 09.10.19 | 09:43

New guerrilla action in Bitola, the city wakes up with an eerie warning

As a warning that “winter is coming”, Bitola this morning woke up with a guerrilla action and signs of enormous pollution throughout the city. Negligence of local authorities continues, and the lack of accountability and ignorance of the situation only exacerbates and deepens the pollution...

Economy 09.09.19 | 19:31

Subsidies planned for households that switch from wood burning stoves to air conditioning units

In a last ditch attempt to make a difference ahead of the winter air pollution season, the Government announced it will provide inverter air conditioning devices to households who give up on their wood burning stoves. The subsidies will apply in the cities of Skopje, Tetovo and Bitola, who have some...

Macedonia 20.02.19 | 15:42

Skopje is now the second most polluted city in the world

Dhaka was able to push Skopje out of the AQI list as the world’s most polluted city, indicating that with the coming warmer weather the Macedonian capital may have survived the worst of the 2018-19 season of extreme air pollution. On the AQI list index, Skopje was today seen as only the second...

Macedonia 12.02.19 | 10:38

O2 Initiative: We suffer more air pollution than we had in 2010 or 2012

A report by the O2 Initiative, which raises awareness about the air pollution crisis in Macedonia, finds that the problem has gone much worse than only 8 or 9 nine years ago. The report compares publicly available data on air pollution and concentration of PM10 particles in the air and finds that pollution...

Macedonia 04.02.19 | 16:22

One of the largest gynecology clinics in the country will be shut down if it doesn’t replace its polluting heating system

Skopje Mayor Petre Silegov threatened to close the Cair gynecology clinic, one of the largest in the country, if it doesn’t fix the problem with its heating system, which has been emitting acrid black smoke over the past days. Inspectors from the city of Skopje were at the clinic twice already...

Macedonia 04.02.19 | 10:59

As Skopje suffers from record levels of air pollution, inspectors seek but can’t find polluters

Environmental inspection teams were active on Friday and Saturday in the area of Karpos, looking for small industrial facilities which violate clean air rules. As Skopje and other Macedonian cities suffer from world record setting levels of air pollution, citizens from Karpos were complaining online...

Life 19.01.19 | 16:23

Skopje reaches status of most polluted city

Skopje landed in the top spot of most polluted cities in the world after its air quality index reached a high of 430 on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1 am, according to AirVisual. The Switzerland-based organization that has gathered the largest global database of air quality data by city since 2015 uses a six-marker...

Macedonia 26.12.18 | 15:11

Bitola Council member: You’re laughing while people are dying from cancer

Ivan Culakoski, an independent Bitola city Council member, accused the SDSM party led municipal authorities of completely failing in their promise to fight to clean air in one of the main industrial areas in Macedonia. Show this program you prepared to the parent of a child with cancer and you’ll...

Macedonia 21.12.18 | 23:39

Lethal air pollution levels in Bitola

Air pollution readings in Bitola were described as “lethal” by city council member Ivan Culakoski, after the measuring station read 600 micrograms per cubic meter of PM10 particles. These particles, emitted mostly by burning wood, coal and rubber or plastics for heating, cause all sorts...

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