Environmental report reveals less pollution in Lima, Peru

Living in Peru
Israel J. Ruiz

While the amount of solid waste has increased in the country’s capital, there is a significantly smaller amount of air pollution in Lima, Peru’s National Statistics Institute (INEI) reported.

Based on tests done on Abancay Avenue, one of downtown Lima’s busiest roads, INEI reports that the levels of sulfur and nitrogen dioxide have dropped 33 percent in the area.

The February 2008 Environmental Statistics report revealed that there were 53.36 micrograms of sulfur dioxide for every cubic meter of space at the intersection of Abancay Avenue and Jiron Ancash.

80 micrograms per cubic meter is the set standard.

The set standard for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is 100 micrograms per cubic meter.

Levels of NO2 in Lima were registered at 81.68 micrograms per cubic meter, over 18 percent lower than the set standard, said the 2008 report.

The February 2008 Environmental Statistics report also revealed that 163,516 tons of solid waste had been taken from forty districts in the province of Lima to landfills in the region.

An 8 percent increase was registered when compared to February 2007.

The districts with the highest amount of waste were Cercado de Lima, San Juan de Lurigancho, Comas, San Martín de Porres and Ate.