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Public anger as air pollution in Western Balkan cities worsens

por Ambrose Wilfred (19-02-2021)


A declining birth rate and among the highest life expectancies made Japan the first country with more than a fifth of its population aged 65 or older by 2006.

By 2050, that number is projected to exceed 35 percent.





The air quality index measured by the U.S.

Embassy in Sarajevo hit 383 on Tuesday, a level identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as hazardous to health and almost ten times the average. In Pristina, the index registered 415 on Monday night and marked air quality in several Macedonian towns as very poor.

ZAGREB, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Croatia's plans for a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the Adriatic island of Krk require a final investment decision by June if it is to hit a 2020 start target, the managing director of project manager LNG Hrvatska said on Monday.

"But this time, heat has become such a big topic. As it is extremely important to have something to drink on hand, we've decided to let people bring in one bottle each." (Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Hugh Lawson)








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The International Olympic Committee said last month that the marathon events will be moved to the far northern city of Sapporo to avoid Tokyo's summer heat.

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