Dangerous Levels of Pollutants Recorded in Yerevan’s Air

Traffic in Khanjyan street, HETQ photo
One of the hardest hit areas is downtown Yerevan; Khanjian Street in particular. Here, the highest carbon monoxide (CO) readings are registered between 4a.m. and midnight.

I live in a suburb of Yerevan’s southern Erebuni district and am lucky to have some trees and a green yard around, but when driving to work, somewhere in the area of Erebuni fortress I always feel how the air quality sharply changes and hits my lungs. It takes a while to adjust.

According to data released by The Environmental Impact Monitoring Center, an arm of the Ministry of Nature Protection, there are higher than acceptable levels of exhaust gases in the Yerevan, Hetq reports.

According to the Center’s findings, 2016 average levels of carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, dust and ground-level ozone were within acceptable levels. But on November 10, at 7:45p.m., carbon monoxide levels hit the roof, reaching 13.13 milligrams per cubic meter – more than 4 times the permissible amount. It was on February 2, 2016, at 5p.m., that the highest yearly level of sulfur dioxide (SO2) was recorded – 2.93 milligrams per cubic meter – more than 50 times the acceptable norm. This reading was also in downtown Yerevan.

There is more interesting data at Hetq, but the bottom line is this — our lovely capital is becoming unfit for organic forms of life, i.e. humans.

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