January 17, 2020 Issue

Breathe Easy
In Focus

Breathe Easy

A statue of Saint Teresa has a face mask placed over it on December 19. The city regularly has high levels of air pollution and was recently on par with notoriously polluted Beijing. The culprit is Pristina’s two ageing coal-based power plants, and the use of coal to heat homes. The World Bank once found Kosovo’s polluted air caused 852 premature deaths a year. The EU said it will invest $89 million to improve the country’s air quality.
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Every country has its own traditions and take on self-care. In Finland, it involves steamy saunas and icy dips; in Tibet, sound vibrations are believed to heal and harmonize the body; and in the United States, floating in darkened soundproof pods to chill out is enjoying a renaissance.