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Pollution in Istanbul reduced by 30% in 10 days

Gaziosmanpaşa, Başakşehir, Esenyurt and Kartal are the most polluted districts in Istanbul, while Sarıyer, Şile and Beykoz are the places with the cleanest air.

The entry into force of new measures announced by the Turkish government to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including asking Turkish citizens to stay home and avoid going outside, has improved air quality in cities like Istanbul , where according to the latest measurements, contamination has been reduced considerably.

This is what stated Professor Hüseyin Toros, an expert from the Technical University of Istanbul, who points out that the levels of air pollution during the last 10 days in the largest metropolis in Turkey are 30% lower compared to those usually recorded.

For example, in January the values ​​of particles in suspension in the air reached 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, but currently they have dropped to 30 micrograms; such is the case that – says Toros – the air quality in this metropolis of almost 16 million inhabitants can be considered “good”, he says.

The expert recalls that there are three main causes of urban pollution: The first is transportation, the second is industry, and the third is generated by the use of heating. Therefore, when these three factors are reduced, there is a significant improvement in air quality,” he says.

According to Toros, the districts of Gaziosmanpaşa, Başakşehir, Esenyurt and Kartal are the ones with the highest levels of pollution in Istanbul, while Sarıyer, Şile and Beykoz are the places with the cleanest air.