While Prishtina and other parts of Kosovo struggle with air pollution, BIRN air quality monitors found Prizren the least polluted municipality on Sunday.
Prishtina’s air quality deteriorated rapidly over Wednesday and Thursday, following a period of relatively clear air for citizens in the capital.
On Monday, Prishtina peaked the global air quality index rankings as the most polluted city in the world for its citizens’ exposure to hazardous levels of particulate matter.
As citizens breathe visibly hazardous air in Kosovo once again, institutional initiatives are not curbing the danger to public health, and the problem always leads back to lignite.
Panic aside, pollution in Kosovo is a year-round problem without a silver bullet. There are no shortcuts to dealing with it.