reducing pollution in Skopje
Financial Times Seasonal Appeal
Skopje was named Europe’s most polluted capital in 2018 by the World Health Organization, partly because two-thirds of households use firewood as their primary source of heating. Its particle-pollution rates can register more than 10 times higher than EU air quality standards, and the WHO estimates this kills 2,574 people prematurely every year.
“The walls were so wet. It was not an appropriate place for living, definitely not for raising children,” said family patriarch Dimce Velev. His two children, Nikola, now 19, and Gabriela, 18, had chronic bronchitis and regularly came down with pneumonia.
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