by AgroWeb on May 12, 2017

Airborne sand and dust to sweep Albania

Sandstorms and dust storms occur because of strong heating in the air over the desert, causing strong instability in the lower layer of the Earth’s atmosphere. As a result, strong winds blow loose sand and dirt from a dry surface as fine particles are transported from Sahara desert for hundreds and thousands of kilometers according to Meteo.it. The main problem of these storms is that they ...

by AgroWeb on September 22, 2016

Car Free Day - Improving air quality?

Today is the World Car Free Day. One day a year is set aside to try and avoiding using cars and cycling, walking or using public transport instead. Car Free Day aims to take the heat off the planet for just one day by encouraging people to be less dependent on their cars and try alternatives. Albania as numerous countries across the globe, participated in the Car-free Day initiative. Organized ...

by AgroWeb on September 6, 2016

Albania among top 5 countries most at risk from pollution

Among all other problems and issues, uncertainties and concerns, a new ‘killer’ is threating Albania, a silent killer. This is how pollution is called because the very air we breathe, the water we drink and the food that we eat are all affected by pollution. Albanians cannot be isolated from the effects of a polluted environment. Yes, even though Albanian citizens are aware of that, ...

by AgroWeb on August 23, 2016

5 health hazards caused by the air conditioning

There are times when we are extremely thankful for air conditioning — usually after having had a long workout on a hot summer’s day and still sweating after a cold shower. The cold, dry air is invigorating and refreshing. But usually, after about 30 minutes, we find ourselves shivering and needing to go back outside. In the majority of homes, public offices and stores, the air ...

by AgroWeb on January 21, 2016

Tirana’s smog threatens its residents' health

Tirana remains among the most polluted cities in Europe. 500 hundred deaths a year occur in the city due to the high pollution as air quality levels for Tirana are more than twice in excess of the World Health Organization Air Quality Guidelines. Tirana , the city of more than one million people and more than 190,000 cars circulating every day with its high level of pollution is becoming a threat ...

by AgroWeb on December 3, 2015

Climate change: why should it matter to you?

Climate change might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Either the issue is too technical or too complex or too much information to process and understand. But these days while the Paris climate talks are underway and possibly a global agreement will be reached on curbing greenhouse-gas emissions, people are becoming more aware of it but still amidst all these data the question they rightly pose ...

by AgroWeb on November 28, 2015

Albanians Filling Up On Pollution

Our capital mayor’s initiative of making the Car-free Day a monthly occurrence for the last three months has enhanced Tirana center’s ability to breathe and can certainly be seen as a good step towards improving air quality, but it is not the solution to the problem. According to the 2014 report from the Environment National Agency, several European countries suffer pollution ...

by AgroWeb on October 21, 2015

Is Albania ready for hybrids?

Terms like clean energy, battery powered vehicles and zero exhaust emission seem utopian to Albanians.  Dealing with path hole free roads, no speed court trials and low quality gasoline, hybrid cars seem way too fancy or even dreamy. But that is going to change. A new grant agreement of 4 million US dollars signed recently between the governments of Albania and Japan will bring to the country...

by AgroWeb on October 17, 2015

A Car-Free Day – Solution for Urban Air Pollution?

Tomorrow, October 18, Tirana is organizing its second Car-Free Day. Since September, numerous cities across the globe, participated in the Car-free Day initiative. Organized informally in 1994, the initiative was officially endorsed by the European Commission in 2000. The capital city of Colombia, Bogotá, even institutionalized the car free-day through public referendum and celebrated the ...