Independent monitoring of air pollution calls for urgent action in the Balkans
Briefing | 26 June 2017
Bankwatch and our partner organisations have undertaken independent dust monitoring in Balkan countries and we have found worrying levels of particulate matter (PM 10 and PM 2.5), dust so small it enters deep into our lungs and blood streams causing irreversible damage and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
While efforts are being made in the European Union to bring down air pollution to a safe level for people’s health and the environment, at the EU’s doorsteps, in the Western Balkan countries, air quality data is either unavailable or unreliable. Metering stations are placed in irrelevant locations and often certain pollutants are simply not monitored.
An online version of the briefing that includes additional video testimonies from locals.
Theme: Energy and climate | Social and economic impacts
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina | Bulgaria | Macedonia | Montenegro | Romania | Serbia
Project: Kostolac lignite power plant, Serbia | Pljevlja II lignite power plant, Montenegro | Tuzla 7 lignite power plant, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tags: PM10 | PM2.5 | air pollution | coal | energy | health | particulate matter
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