N.Macedonia is prone to climatic and environmental disasters such as flash floods, landslides, wildfires, extreme temperatures, droughts, storms and earthquakes. As temperatures continue to rise, extreme events are predicted to become more intense.
On top of climate-based hazards, air pollution is at dangerously high levels, threatening human health across the country. The capital, Skopje, is among the most polluted cities in Europe, along with other cities in the country, particularly in the autumn and winter months.
Air pollution negatively affects children’s health and development. Air pollution is a severe and growing threat to people of all ages – and there are three main reasons why it is particularly bad for children’s health and development: