YEREVAN, April 28. /ARKA/. The latest data from the Armenian Environmental Monitoring Information Center show a decline of air pollution, specifically of nitrogen dioxide emissions. The data coincides with the nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The Center said the data was collected in a time span from April 1 to April 16 and was compared to the figures for the period from March 1 to March 16.
It said the drop in the capital Yerevan was 4%, in Kajaran – 12%, in Hrazdan – 36%, in Kapan – 32%, in Alaverdi – 42% and in Tsakhkadzor – 48%. It said also that the largest the largest drop of 49% in nitrogen dioxide was recorded in Vanadzor.
Nitrogen dioxide is a binary inorganic compound of nitrogen with oxygen. It is a poisonous gas of red-brown color with a sharp unpleasant odor or a yellowish liquid. Nitrogen oxides that escape into the atmosphere pose a serious danger to the environment and are themselves toxic substances that cause irritation of the mucous membranes.