Tag: pollution
World 26.05.21 | 18:42

Orban: Climate protection important, but large polluters should pay the price

In a video published on his social media accounts, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban provided details on the EU summit in Brussels, noting that the EU heads of state and government have discussed three important issues, including climate change where opinions were divided, the V4 news agency reported. Regarding...

Macedonia 22.12.20 | 22:08

High levels of air pollution reported across the country

After several days of relatively strong winds that helped improve air quality, high levels of pollution were registered this evening across the country. From Kicevo to the west, to Veles and Kavadarci in central Macedonia, and of course the capital Skopje, PM10 particle levels were way over the maximum...

Macedonia 30.11.20 | 15:20

VMRO proposes amendments that will help reduce air pollution to the 2021 budget

VMRO-DPMNE representatives in the Parliament have submitted amendments to the 2021 budget demanding urgent policies to reduce pollution. Timco Mucunski from VMRO-DPMNE said that this is a crisis issue which is costing lives and presented a report from the O2 organization which the amendments are based...

Macedonia 10.11.20 | 00:06

Skopje’s tallest skyscrapers lost in the smog

The capital Skopje was blanketed in dense smog this morning, as the season of off the charts air pollution has officially begun. VMRO-DPMNE spokesman Naum Stoilkovski shared a photo of the Cevahir skyscrapers, the tallest buildings that dominate the skyline of Skopje, or would dominate it if you could...

Macedonia 29.10.20 | 21:17

Through protests in several cities VMRO demands that pregnant women are excused from work during the period of dramatic air pollution

The opposition VMRO-DPMNE party held protest rallies through several cities in Macedonia as the air pollution crisis begins to worsen. Protesters gathered in Skopje, Bitola, Strumica, Tetovo and Kumanovo, which are among the worst affected cities in Macedonia. The party demanded that pregnant women...

Macedonia 28.10.20 | 17:05

Two new air pollution measuring stations placed in Skopje

Two new air pollution measuring stations were placed in Skopje’s Karpos and Lisice districts today. These stations will be operational 24/7 and should help gather more data on the sources of air pollution. Skopje and many other cities across Macedonia are gearing up for the annual spike in air...

Macedonia 07.10.20 | 12:39

Even before the winter heating season Macedonia is already the second most polluted country in Europe

The Numbeo database declared Macedonia the second most polluted country in Europe for 2020, following Albania. The result is published even before the 2020 winter season has begun, and with it the expected spike in air pollution driven by the use of wood, coal and plastics for heating, when Skopje and...

Macedonia 17.07.20 | 10:50

Inspectors still looking into what caused the Vardar river to flow red

Environmental inspectors still haven’t determined what made the Vardar river run red south of Skopje two days ago. The incident occurred close to a concrete plant operated by the Beton company. Inspectors said that the water in a near-by waste water collection unit that flows into the Vardar is...

Macedonia 23.06.20 | 21:20

REK Bitola doubled its emissions of sulfur dioxide in a year, is now one of the worst polluting power plants in Europe

Environmenalists warn that the REK Bitola coal plant has doubled its emissions of sulfur dioxide in a matter of a year. According to the Eko-Svest group, Macedonia’s main power plant went from emitting 52.823 tons o fthe dangerous substance in 2018 to 105.431 tons in 2019. This makes REK Bitola...

Macedonia 24.02.20 | 12:36

Green groups from across the Balkans plan a coordinated protest on Friday

A coordinated protest of environmental groups from five Balkan countries will be held on Friday. Protesters, who are inspired by the Fridays for Future movement of Greta Thunberg, demand measures that would reduce air pollution. The protests are planned in Skopje, Belgrade, Pristina, Sarajevo, Podgorica...

Macedonia 05.02.20 | 13:00

Fed up with air pollution, protesters gather in front of the Usje cement factory

Green activists protested in front of the Greek owned Usje cement factory in Skopje’s Aerodrom district today, after reports that it is using waste as fuel during its production cycle. The company confirmed that it is using petroleum coke and former employees have recently claimed that it was also...

Macedonia 01.02.20 | 20:34

Companies close to the Zaev family are burning petroleum coke, Mickoski says

Nine companies have been burning imported petroleum coke in Macedonia, and five of them are linked to the Zaev family, said VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski. Just last February, 40.000 tons of petroleum coke were imported and burnt in our country. The introduction of gas is running late and the...

Macedonia 27.01.20 | 10:48

Skopje air pollution proposals dismissed as laughable by eco-activist Council member

Air pollution levels were worst in the industrial city of Veles overnight. The city that still struggles from the effects of the now defunct lead smelter had concentrations of 340 micrograms of PM10 particles per cubic meter of air, and tied Skopje’s often most polluted district of Lisice. Strumica...

Macedonia 22.01.20 | 09:43

Gostivar suffered from horrific levels of air pollution overnight

Even for Macedonian winter standards, the city of Gostivar had extremely high levels of air pollution overnight, with nearly 1.000 micrograms of PM10 particles measured per cubic meter. Other cities were also bad, but not nearly as bad as Gostivar. Skopje measured over 400 micrograms at the Rectorate...

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...

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