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Environmental leader warns of deaths from pollution

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The head of the Environmental and Sustainable Development Organization in Tehran says 45,000 Iranians die each year from complications caused by air pollution all across the country.

A view of Tehran - December 4, 2012

IRNA reports that Mohammad Hadi Heydarzadeh said over 1.5 million tons of emissions are released into Tehran's atmosphere each year, confirming that: "Annually 45,000 individuals die in the country due to air pollution."

At the eighth annual gathering of the Iranian Cancer Society, Heydarzadeh said 70 percent of cancer cases in Iran are linked to environmental and human-made causes.

According to the World Health Organization, air pollution claims 1.3 million victims each year, and 65 percent of these deaths are in Asia.

In Iran, air pollution often reaches a critical state in the winter, causing a number of cities to shut down.

Air quality monitoring board shows the critical situation - December 4, 2012

Tehran had to be shut down earlier this month, but the air quality control chief later announced that the strategy was not very effective, and long-term solutions to the problem of air pollution need to be implemented.

Heydarzadeh told the Iranian Cancer Society meeting that his organization has not been successful in making citizens and officials sensitive to the harmful and deadly nature of the emissions.

The metropolis of Tehran houses about 10 million people.
Tehran is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. Tehran is Iran's largest urban area and city, one of the largest cities in Western Asia, and the world's 19th largest city (View Larger Map)


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