Air pollution in the provincial city of Isfahan in central Iran has reached above safe levels. Similar problems in the capital city Tehran has prompted the Health Ministry to issue a warning for the elderly and children to avoid any unnecessary travel to the city center.
In recent years pollution has been a recurring problem for major cities in Iran. Last year the Iranian government enforced strict traffic laws to curb this deadly phenomenon; however, air pollution caused the government to close down public organizations, banks, schools and universities in Tehran. However, the experts believe the issue needs something more than a temporary solution.
Experts say low quality domestically produced gasoline, large number of gas-guzzling cars and motorcycles, and inefficient and outdated public transport system are the main factors responsible for the dangerous air pollution.
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