Ozone Layer Protection: Armenia doing well, says environmentalist

“Save the sky. Save yourself, protect the ozone layer”. Today marks International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer and according to a local environmental expert, the ozone layer in Armenia, and in particular in Yerevan, is currently in “good condition”.

“This is the result of our hardware industry not working, as when there was a production of refrigerators and other home appliances, the emissions of various substances had its influence on the atmosphere,” For Sustainable Human Development NGO Karine Danielyan told media on Wednesday.

According to her, in Yerevan the ozone layer is at an altitude of 1,113 meters, in Sevan it is at 1,927 meters, and on Mount Aragats it is 2,070 meters.

“We are one of the few countries where we have had the whole range of studies and our research shows that the situation was the worst in 1993, and subsequent years it was even better than the norm,” she said.

It is scientifically proved that the ozone layer plays an important role in terms of protecting the planet from X-rays and ultraviolet rays of the sun, which are harmful to both humans and other forms of life.

“If it were not for the layer the ecosystem would simply be burned,” said Danielyan.

For years, the issue has been in the spotlight of the international community and Armenia also joined the struggle for the protection of the ozone layer in the 1990s.