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Signs of global warming in Iran

By M.A. Saki, Mehr News Agency, Tehran

This winter, temperatures in Iran were much warmer than in previous years, to the point that people sought out the shade to protect themselves from getting sunburns.

It's really amazing how warm this past winter has been. People have even begun to turn on their air conditioners in some cities, which they had never before used at this time of the year.

The warming has been compounded by the drought, which is worse than last year's. Water flows in some of Iran's rivers are slowing down, the mountain snow is melting like heated butter, many wells have run dry, and farmers are despondent.

Pictures posted on the Mehr News Agency website on February 20 showed that the Zayand-e-Rud River, an important river that passes through the beautiful city of Isfahan, has run dry.

The current drought, which is probably due to global warming, has made Iran one of the world's leading importers of wheat over the past year.

Scientists say carbon emissions are responsible for climate change. However, this warning has not been taken seriously by many of the world's most important decision-makers.

In addition, no global program to educate people about the root causes of climate change and how to live in an environmentally friendly way has been implemented.

An international panel of scientists, who gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark on Thursday, warned that the world is facing an increasing risk of "irreversible" climate shifts because worst-case scenarios warned of two years ago are being realized.

Temperatures, sea levels, acid levels in oceans, and ice sheets are already moving "beyond the patterns of natural variability within which our society and economy have developed and thrived," the scientists said.

Human activities are probably the main cause of global warming. But most people do not realize that their actions are hastening the deterioration of the planet, which could even lead to the demise of the human race. It is like a person who is foolishly making a hole in the boat he is sailing in, which will eventually sink the boat and drown him.

The world's ecosystem is fragile and must be protected, for once it becomes seriously damaged, it could take centuries to recover.

Wouldn't it be better to use less electricity, which is often produced by coal-fired power plants that release massive carbon emissions into the atmosphere, to prevent a global eco-catastrophe?

Instead of using private cars so much, which damages the environment, we should start using public transportation or bicycles or even walk to get to work.

Countries like Iran, which are geographically situated in rather arid and warm regions, will suffer more from global warming than countries located closer to the poles.

What will happen to future generations if the planet keeps getting hotter?

If left unchecked, global warming will totally undermine all the efforts to reduce poverty and even exacerbate the dire situation of the impoverished masses, so everyone on Earth should wake up and change their lifestyles to save the planet.

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