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. Continue reading “Dangerous Levels of Pollutants Recorded in Yerevan's Air”

Biking in Yerevan becomes 'the thing'

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A wooden bicycle was presented in Yerevan’s Freedom square on Sunday. The bike was developed as part of the “Ticcson” project funded by the Awesome foundation, and looked, well… funny, I guess. And yet, it has a pretty ambitious goal: to “contribute to the development of that culture of changing cars into bicycles” in Yerevan. Continue reading “Biking in Yerevan becomes 'the thing'”

Activists Warn of Poaching in Khosrov Forest State Preserve

Armenia -- Environmental activist Mariam Sukhudian holds up the torn head of a bezoar goat, Khosrov reserve, 18Sep2012
Armenia — Environmental activist Mariam Sukhudian holds up the torn head of a bezoar goat, Khosrov reserve, 18Sep2012

Environmental activists Mariam Sukhudian and Yeghia Nersissian are blowing the whisle. They have visted the “Kaqavaberd” area of Khosrov Forest State Preserve and discovered remnants of endangered animals around what seems to be festive bonfires of a group of hunters. Continue reading “Activists Warn of Poaching in Khosrov Forest State Preserve”

Mashtots Saga Ends in A Controversial Win for Civil Activists

Armenia -- President Serge Sarkissian visits Mashtots park, Yerevan, 01May2012
Armenia -- President Serzh Sargsyan visits Mashtots park, Yerevan, 01May2012

In what seems to be a carefully choreographed performance ahead of this Sunday’s parliamentary elections, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan ordered the removal of kiosks assembled in a park in central Yerevan. In doing so, Sargsyan ended the 80-day standoff between the municipality and environmental activists. Continue reading “Mashtots Saga Ends in A Controversial Win for Civil Activists”

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