The Ne Davimo Beograd initiative has helped launch the Serbian version of the AirCare app together with the Macedonian software developer Gorjan Jovanovski. The mobile app is free to download and shows the quality of air in Belgrade.
“In Macedonia, this useful piece of software has already been downloaded over 100,000 times. It is a great tool in raising people’s awareness of the problem and preventing it from being ignored”, Ne Davimo Beograd said.
They add that, in order to improve the situation with air pollution, we also need to improve our public transport, plant as much greenery and trees in the city, promote sustainable urban mobility and transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
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“In the past few months, the air pollution measuring stations in Belgrade and several other towns in Serbia have recorded extremely high concentrations of dust particles in the air. Belgrade takes the first place among the polluted cities,” Ne Davimo Beograd said, adding that “instead of the authorities strongly reacting to this problem, they are ignoring it.
AirCare contains data from over 65 measuring stations throughout the country and informs users about the current degree of air pollution in their location at any given time, namely, the presence of PM 10 and PM 2.5 particles, carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, as well as AQI – Air Quality Index.
“The data collated by the World Health Organization shows that over 7,000 people die prematurely each year in Serbia due to exposure to air pollutants, making the country second in Europe in the number of premature deaths caused by air pollution”, Ne Davimo Beograd said, highlighting the seriousness of the situation.
(Energetski Portal, 13.02.2019)
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