Tag: pollution
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...

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...

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