Why Worry About Air Quality

What can be done to improve air quality in the capital of Armenia?

Photo: Stepanavan, Armenia by Mushegh Hakobyan

air pollution in Yerevan

The chart below shows the daily air quality index (AQI) in Vahakni, Yerevan from April 2020 until April 2021. The index rapidly rises to dangerous levels during the cold months and stays in unhealthy and very unhealthy territory for long periods of time with occasional spikes to hazardous levels. You can see current Yerevan air quality here.

Chart showing daily air quality in Yerevan calculated according to U.S. Air Quality Index (AQI).

*The historical air pollution data used to calculate the Air Quality Index (AQI) is provided by PurpleAir.    The higher is the AQI value, the greater is the level of air pollution, and the greater are the negative health effects.

Why improving air quality is important and our strategy

The negative health effects of air pollution are well known (NIH.gov, WHO.int). They include diminished lung function, asthma, premature death, and others. However, it is not something people talk about unless the situation is extremely bad. And especially in developing countries like Armenia, this subject is not a high priority for most. As of May 2021, there are only 2 air quality sensors in Yerevan that report data publicly. In comparison, the city of Glendale (California) has more than 50 sensors, while its population is 5 times less than Yerevan's. We developed the following plan of action to raise awareness about Yerevan's air pollution, find its sources, and reduce it as much as possible.

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Take action and help us

Buy the sensor

This is a great help because the sensors are our largest expense. We will install the sensor(s), connect them to the cloud service, and publish real-time air quality data on our website.

If this sounds good to you, please click on the Buy button. it will take you to the page, where you can purchase the sensors we need (PurpleAir PA-II). 

Please use the following shipping address:

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Please forward the order or shipment confirmation email that you receive from PurpleAir to donations@frankyants.org. We appreciate your help

PurpleAir PA-II

Donate to help us pay for the sensors, installation, and maintenance

After we deliver the sensors to Armenia, we need to find a secure place with reliable power and wireless internet connection to install and operate them. Your donations help cover these expenses.

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