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Car ownership in North Macedonia rose to record high – 66.8% of households reported owning a car in 2021

Safeguarding the environment through the fight against climate change and air pollution in the cities throughout North Macedonia is something that exists only in theory. In reality, the data provided by the State Statistical Office - SSO show that unlike any period before, the number of Macedonian households owning a passenger vehicle last year has climbed to 66.8%. The analysis...

Environmentalists in North Macedonia urge High Administrative Court to quickly adopt decision and close Ilovica-Shtuka Mine case

The High Administrative Court of North Macedonia should adopt a decision as soon as possible and finally close the "Ilovica-Shtuka Mine" case, plead the environmentalists from the southeastern part of the country. After the Administrative Court's decision was announced in March this year, that the Euromax Resources company's appeal is rejected and confirmed the termination of the concession, the...

New government of North Macedonia will have to ban imports of sub-EURO 5 vehicles

A year has passed since the North Macedonia Minister of Economy Kreshnik Bekteshi stated that the import of used cars in North Macedonia below the EURO 5 standard for gas emissions will be banned. He announced that the ban of cars older than 10 years will start in 2021, but toward the end of last year, the Ministry of...

Thousands of people in Kumanovo region in past 4 decades have been poisoned by arsenic and other toxic deposits

In the past several decades, the villages of Tabanovce, Lojane and Vaksince in the Kumanovo region have been continuously poisoned by arsenic and other toxic elements that had been dispersed on two locations near the border of North Macedonia with Serbia. At the first location, in the proximity of the Tabanovce Railway Station there is an illegal dump with hundreds...

Six out of eight causes of soil degradation come from agricultural practices, organic production as solution

Six out of the eight causes of soil degradation result from the agricultural practices. The overuse of chemicals and the inappropriate tilling and other soil cultivation destroy one of the most important natural resources, that together with the clean air and drinking water, must be preserved. The healthy soil is irreplaceable and essential to sustain life and produce safe...

North Macedonia gets more money from taxes than it spends on protection of environment

The inflow in the central budget of North Macedonia from the environmental taxes is on the rise. In 2019, €219 084 552 were collected in the state budget i.e. a record sum of taxes was paid, compared to the previous years, shows the State Statistical Office's data. A year before, in 2018, €209 190 164 were collected, while in 2014,...

Rusino landfill still pollutes city of Gostivar, its citizens request waste selection and recycling to start [Photo gallery]

Located 10 km from the center of the city of Gostivar, in the west of the Republic of North Macedonia, is one of the largest landfills in the country. One rainy October day, the journalistic team from Meta.mk and Portalb.mk, visited the Rusino landfill and during their brief visit shot shocking scenes. Apart from the tens of dogs and...

Slag from Veles smelting plant exported to Turkey, soon it will also be exported to Albania

The slag from the former smelting plant in Veles is being exported to Turkey, and by the end of this year, it will be exported to Albania as well. At the moment, concessionaire "Keps Mount Group" is negotiating with a company in Turkey to accept larger quantities of the technogenic mineral raw material. The company stated that every day,...

Number of households in North Macedonia with cars twice bigger than those with bicycles

The statistics shows that the number of households that own a car is more than double the number of households with at least one bike. According to the data provided by the State Statistical Office (SSO), only 30.7% of the Macedonian households has owned a bicycle in 2020. This number is by 2.8% less compared to 2019, and owning...

Poll: People aware they are the biggest polluters of the waters, but unaware how to protect them

42% of the respondents in the poll conducted by the Institute for Communication Studies as part of the "Clear Waters" campaign consider themselves the biggest polluters of the waters in Macedonia. One third of the respondents, or 33%, consider that the processing industry is the biggest polluter of the waters, while 10% consider the mining capacities as the biggest...

This autumn the air in Skopje much more polluted compared to this spring, during the curfew

The air pollution in Skopje was far lower during spring this year, during the  lockdown, compared to this autumn. The movement restrictions that limited the traffic in Skopje and the industrial production have contributed to cleaner air during March and April compared to October and November 2020, show the data of the air quality from the monitoring stations in...

Paper Mill company fined €20 000 for PM10 emissions, inspectors on offensive

The State Environmental Inspectorate of North Macedonia fined the company Paper Mill from Kochani €20 000 and tasked it to install a filter in a period of two months to prevent the air pollution with PM10 particles from its smokestacks. The municipality of Tetovo may also be fined, because despite the warnings that the reservoir for drinking water in...

The vinyl chloride from OHIS transferred to Germany to be incinerated

The chemical tank containing vinyl chloride monomer from the OHIS Industrial complex near Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, was transferred to Germany where the hazardous chemical will be incinerated at the SUEZ Sonderabfallgesellschaft incinerator. It's a historical waste of around 13 tons that was repackaged by experts from the French company Curium from an old wagon into a new...

Air polution, climate change, and renewable energy sources on top of new government’s environmental agenda

Intensive greenification and change of the means of heating the institutions and homes, as one of the urgent responses to air pollution; then, appropriate waste treatment and new transport policies with a stress on subventions for ecological vehicles and bikes, are some of the Government's main environmental goals in its program for the period 2020-2024. The historical problematic hotspots, such...

The planet is overheating, if we don’t prevent the climate change, it will bring new pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world in crucible. The economies, health systems, and the education are in the process of creating habits for the "new normal" that, when we are at it, mustn't ignore the environment and the fight against the climate change. There are cries that are getting louder and louder that the pandemics are the unavoidable...

Vardar River in Skopje polluted again, inspectors out in the field, culprits still unknown

Environmental inspectors investigated the two biggest industry complexes within the yard of the former Skopje Steelworks - "Makstil" and "Liberty Group" (former ArcelorMital), but still do not have a clue who is behind today's pollution of the Vardar River near Lisiche in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. When the photographs of Vardar River appeared on social networks with a...

Due to the coronavirus, seven countries have to issue new permits for export of OHIS chemicals

Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, but also North Macedonia, will have to issue new permits for international transportation of hazardous materials to get the chemical deposits in the former OHIS industrial complex exported to Switzerland for incineration. The previous permit for the project "Removal, dislocation, disposal or neutralization of chemical mater” from OHIS Skopje plant expired due to...

River Vardar, abused as a dump site, is a source of diseases – Can we rescue it by 2026?

It is in the fourth category of bacteriological pollution, while in terms of chemical pollution it might easily stand between the fourth and fifth category. These are the sad results of the examinations of the quality of the water in Vardar River in the Skopje region in North Macedonia, that were conducted by Dr. Ljupco Kostadinovski, a specialist in...

The Carbon Tax as a stimulation for a faster energy transformation

The ecological taxes are one of the most efficient ways to fight climate change and a measure of stimulation for low-carbon development. In North Macedonia, the greatest source of greenhouse gases is the energy sector, through thermal power stations that use coal. This also includes transportation and heating with fossil fuels such as oil, petroleum jelly, or coal. Both...

The parsley in Veles “enriched” with lead and cadmium

The leafy vegetables, especially the parsley, in Veles, have the highest concentration of heavy metals. The soil analyses conducted in 2018 and 2019, show that the vegetables the people in Veles consume, have 1.5 times higher concentrations of lead above the approved limits and 2.5 times higher concentration of cadmium. This pollution is a result of the enormous quantities...