Wintertime boosts air pollution in Balkan cities
When winter arrives in the Western Balkans, it is not unusual for dense smog to envelop its cities, making it hard to breathe and impairing visibility. But this year, pollution levels are among the highest in the world.
The WHO states that five out of Europe’s top ten most polluted cities are in the Balkans – Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Pljevlja in Montenegro; Skopje, Tetovo, and Bitola in Macedonia.
In recent days the smog is intensified in Sarajevo as well. The air quality index measured by the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo hit 383 on Tuesday, a level identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as hazardous to health and almost ten times the average.