Tag: pollution
Macedonia 23.12.19 | 11:22

National Security Council convened to discuss the issue of air pollution

President Stevo Pendarovski is convening the National Security Council to discuss the issue of disastrous air pollution. Besides the Council, Pendarovski has invited members of green NGO groups, Environment Minister Naser Nuredini, his deputy Jani Makraduli and chief environment inspector Fejzula Spahija...

Macedonia 22.12.19 | 17:56

Faced with protests, the Government is trying to persuade the public that the air is not that dirty

Faced with protests for measures that would help clean the air, Deputy Environment Minister Jani Makraduli held a press conference today attempting to assure the public that things are getting better. Makraduli’s case is helped by the fact that this was an unusually mild autumn, and heating season...

Macedonia 18.12.19 | 15:09

Air pollution kills more than 3.000 people in Macedonia each year

An estimate of the European Court of Auditors puts the number of Macedonian citizens who die prematurely because of air pollution at 3.060. These estimates only confirm what many in the country suspect – that the air is extremely dangerous during the winter, when PM10 particle levels regularly...

Macedonia 18.12.19 | 09:52

Bitola, Skopje and Tetovo most polluted cities this morning

PM10 particle levels were very high in a number of Macedonian cities this morning, with worst results recorded in Bitola, where the concentration amounted to 91 micrograms per cubic meter. Tetovo, Skopje’s eastern and central districts and Kocani also had exceptionally high levels of soot and other...

Balkans 17.12.19 | 17:11

Air pollution kills 5.000 people in 19 Balkan cities each year, RCC reports

The Regional Cooperation Council, a Balkan wide organization which among other issues deals with the environment, estimates that each year about 5.000 people die in 19 Balkan cities from consequences of air pollution. Majlinda Bregu from RCC warns that Skopje, Sarajevo and Belgrade are among the most...

Macedonia 17.12.19 | 17:02

Following media reports, USJE cement factory invites the press and environmentalists to inspect the fuel it is using

The USJE cement company, part of the Greek Titan group, invited the press to visit its large plant in Skopje to prove that it is not using unsafe fuel. The plant, located close to the densely populated Aerodrom and Kisela Voda districts, is considered a major contributor to the poor air quality in Skopje...

Macedonia 16.12.19 | 10:05

In Lisice, air pollution levels rose 10 times above the safe limit

Air pollution was especially ugly in the Lisice district in eastern Skopje this evening. PM10 partcile levels reached a high of 473 micrograms per cubic meter, about 10 times over the upper limit considered safe. This part of Skopje, which has little wind and a lot of low-rise housing where the homeowners...

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...

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