TOPSHOT - A picture taken from Vodno Mountain shows the tops of some of the city's highest buildings above clouds in an area with a high level of air pollution in Skopje on December 15, 2017. / AFP / Robert ATANASOVSKI
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Macedonia took emergency measures against dense smog enveloping its cities, an annual winter scourge in the Western Balkans blamed on a mix of coal burning, ageing industry and high-polluting emissions from older vehicles.A World Health Organization (WHO) study published early this year said Skopje was among 10 European cities with the highest concentration of toxic particles.Skopje and four other Balkan cities in that list rely for their energy including heating during frigid winters on high-polluting lignite coal, a holdover from decades of old Communist Yugoslav rule.
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