Farvardin 26 1400 - April 15 2021
Photos: Spring in northern Iran

The greenness and beauties of spring in Iran's Mazandaran Province. Mazandaran is located along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea and in the adjacent Central Alborz mountain range, in central-northern Iran.-Ehsan Fazli-Osanlu, IRNA 3/24/21

Japan Funds Development of Tuna Fisheries, Environmental Projects in Iran

Last month the Embassy of Japan in Tehran hosted a ceremony where two memorandums of understanding were signed new grants to support projects carried out by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iran. -Bourse & Bazaar 3/23/21

Persian Gulf water to give new life to central Iranian plateau

The national plan for transferring water from the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman to seven provinces situated in the semi-arid central plateau will be completed by 2025, aiming to save underground water resources while flourishing industries and agriculture in the region. -Mehdi Garshasbi 3/15/21

Photos: Friendship Tree Planting Ceremony in Tehran

The Friendship Tree Planting Ceremony was held in Behesht Madaran Park on Wednesday afternoon with participation of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Mayor of Tehran Pirouz Hanachi, and the spouses of foreign diplomats residing in Tehran. -Mona Hoobehfekr 3/11/21

Israel suspects Iran connection to Mediterranean oil spill

Israeli authorities said Wednesday that a Libyan-owned tanker suspected of smuggling oil from Iran to Syria was responsible for spilling tons of crude into the eastern Mediterranean last month, causing one of Israel's worst environmental disasters. Over 90% of Israel's 195 kilometer (120-mile) Mediterranean coastline was covered in more than 1,000 tons of black tar, the result of the mysterious oil spill in international waters. -AP 3/4/21

Photos: Magnificent Bonud beach

Although Asaluyeh city, located in Bushehr Province of Iran, is known for its natural gas refineries at the South Pars gas field, it also boasts beautiful tourist destinations. Bonud beach is a tourist destination in Asaluyeh, one of the most pristine areas of Iran. -Parisa Jofrei, ISNA 3/1/21

Botulism Kills 10,000 Birds In Miankaleh Peninsula and Gorgan Bay, Iran

Some 10,000 bodies of lifeless migratory birds that died as a result of botulism poisoning have been found so far around the Miankaleh peninsula and Gorgan Bay, located in the extreme south-eastern part of the Caspian Sea. Botulism disease, which for the second consecutive year has caused the death of a large number of migratory birds in Miankaleh and Gorgan Bay, has reached Ashuradeh Island 2/24/21

Injuries Reported As 5.6 Earthquake Shakes Southwestern Iran

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 shook southwest Iran near the town of Sisakht late on February 17, with at least 40 people injured, Iranian media reported. Iranian state TV quoted an official in the region as saying, "People in Sisakht and the town of Yasuj left their homes in panic. Water and electricity have been cut off in Sisakht." 2/18/21

Photos: Breathtaking scenery of Meighan Wetland in central Iran

Meighan Wetland in Markazi province is one of the most important wetlands in Iran, and its diverse wildlife and desert nature have given a special effect to this wetland. -Behnam Yousefi, Mehr 2/17/21

Photos: Miankaleh, Final destination for flamingos, coots

It has been two weeks since the mysterious deaths of migratory birds in the Miankaleh Peninsula, located in Mazandaran province. Many experts believe that the tragedy occurred due to the presence of avian botulism in water, but the root cause has not been identified yet. -Mostafa Shanechi, ISNA 2/16/21

Economic sanctions are damaging the environment

President Joe Biden has been elected on a promise, among others, to move the United States towards an ambitious new climate agenda - a feat that will require a radical transformation of thinking and practices across all areas of American policymaking. -Shirin Hakim & Barney Bartlett, Al Jazeera 2/15/21

Bandar Khamir on its way to become sustainable travel destination

The southern Iranian port city of Bandar Khamir, which has recently joined the UNESCO Network of Learning Cities, seeks to be a sustainable travel destination. Situated in Hormozgan province and bounded by the Persian Gulf, Bandar Khamir is the only city located on the coasts of the Khorkhoran Wetland, one of the largest and most important marine environments in Iran. 2/12/21

Encyclopedia of Iranian herbs, medicinal plants unveiled

An encyclopedia of herbs and medicinal plants endemic to Iran was unveiled in a ceremony on Wednesday. In this line, data related to 7,400 different plants in the fields of botany and ecology, pharmaceutical plants, and edible plants have been gathered in the encyclopedia along with some 9,000 pictures, ISNA reported. 2/11/21

90 percent of Chabahar coral reefs are dying: Iranian official

Up to 90 percent of coral reefs in Chabahar waters along the Sea of Oman have been bleached and are dying, an official with the Department of Environment has said. A rise in temperature of the water has had a negative effect on the ecosystem so that 90 percent of coral reefs in this region have been bleached and are dying, IRNA quoted Davood Mirshekar, deputy chief of the Department of Environment for marine ecosystems, as saying on Wednesday. 2/5/21

7 Iranian companies join United Nations Climate Technology Centre and Network

Seven Iranian companies and technology groups have joined the United Nations Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). The CTCN is the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, hosted by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). 1/25/21

Iran, pressured by blackouts and pollution, targets Bitcoin

Iran's capital and major cities plunged into darkness in recent weeks as rolling outages left millions without electricity for hours. Traffic lights died. Offices went dark. Online classes stopped. With toxic smog blanketing Tehran skies and the country buckling under the pandemic and other mounting crises, social media has been rife with speculation. Soon, fingers pointed at an unlikely culprit: Bitcoin. -AP 1/22/21

Iran's capital suffocating amid blame game over pollution

For nearly a month, residents of the Iranian capital have been exposed to record-high air pollution amid the government's confusing explanations and failure to work out a solution. -Al Monitor 1/15/21

Bitcoin, Blackouts and Smog Are Exacerbating Iran's Virus Woes

Cities across Iran have been cloaked in thick layers of toxic smog and darkened by blackouts, as the alleged use of low-quality fuel and power-sucking cryptocurrency mining deepen the country's hardships. Tehran's Hamshahri newspaper, the country's most-read daily, ran the headline, "20 Days Living in Smoke," on Wednesday over a photo of the capital covered in smog. -Golnar Motevalli and Arsalan Shahla, Bloomberg 1/13/21

Photos: Khuzestan, Iran's unique haven for birds

The southwestern province of Khuzestan is the most diverse region in terms of different bird species, its unique and pleasant climate, as well as rich natural habitats have turned this province into a paradise for rare and endangered species of birds. 1/11/21

Lake Urmia's surface area has doubled in 6 years

Lake Urmia's surface area, has reached 2,785 square kilometers, indicating more than 100 percent rise compared to the lowest volume recorded in the Iranian calendar year 1393 (March 2014-March 2015). The current level of the lake stands at 1271.24 meters, which increased by more than 1.2 meters compared to the lowest recorded amount 12/28/20

Photos: Winter snow blankets Tabriz

With the new wave of cold weather entering Iran from the western borders, the northwestern city of Tabriz has been whitened by snowfall. -Mina Noei, Mehr 12/28/20

Photos: Forests of Sari in winter

Mazandaran province boasts spectacular scenery because of forests near the Caspian Sea. The beauty of the province reaches its peak in late autumn and early winter. These photographs show the beautiful scenery of Chahardangeh and Dodangeh districts of Sari city. Tourists will watch forests cloaked in thick dawn mist, hear birdsongs, the sound of rivers, and the sound of leaves rustling as they visit these tourist destinations of Mazandaran at the beginning of winter. -Mostafa Kazemi, ISNA 12/23/20

Photos: Kalut Javan, a beautiful lake in desert

Tourists are surprised as a lake has appeared beside the hottest land surface in the world, the Lut salt desert (Dasht-e Lut), located in Iran. The lake is called Kalut Javan and has become a favorite destination for the visitors of Kerman province. Located near Shahdad city, the lake has been surprisingly nestled into the dunes. -Sare Tajalli, ISNA 12/10/20

Love for nature displayed in Iranian baby names

Many Iranian names are derived from nature and are inspired by flowers and other elements. Being widespread and common in Iranian culture, this issue shows the importance of nature among Iranians. Baby names with a compelling meaning are becoming ever so popular. Some of the most interesting ones can be nature-inspired baby names that have long been used among Iranians, which might be a sign of enthusiasm for nature. 12/2/20

Photos: Autumn snowfall in Tabriz, Iran

Most of the western and northern regions of the country have been experiencing snow and rain since yesterday. Snowfall in Tabriz has also refreshed environment of the city significantly. -Mina Noei, Mehr 11/30/20

Gorgan Bay: a late solution to speed up valuable reserve's demise

The latest assessment of the National Cartographic Center shows that more than one hundred square kilometers of the Gorgan Bay has dried up, and delay in finding a solution will accelerate the destruction of the valuable reserve. Covering an area of about 400 square kilometers, the Gulf of Gorgan also known as Gorgan Bay is the largest gulf in the Caspian Sea. 11/17/20

How Iran is destroying its once thriving environmental movement

Just a few decades ago, Iran boasted the greenest government in the Middle East. An expansive national park network protected species found almost nowhere else in the world. The nation's rivers delivered potable water; air pollution was minimal. But now, the parks are being subsumed by development. The country's waterways are withering away, in no small part because neither conservationists nor campaigners dare voice their concerns about the environment for fear of retribution. -Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic 11/13/20

Iran finally brings desalinated Persian Gulf water to its arid desert

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has opened a mega project for transferring desalinated sea water to arid deserts in the Iranian Plateau, the first in the history of a country where water shortage has always been a major impediment to economic development. Rouhani used a video conference call on Thursday to supervise the start of water transfer from desalination facilities off the Persian Gulf in southern Hormozgan province to water-intensive industries in southeastern province of Kerman. 11/6/20

Pictured: The incredible ever-burning 'fiery mountain' that locals use as a handy barbecue

The inferno hillside, called Tashkooh, is located in Iran's Khuzestan province - near the city of Ramhormoz. The constant inferno is caused by natural gases combusting as they rise up and escape sulfur-rich soils. Visitors are drawn to the hillside and it's not uncommon to see people using the flames for cooking food. -Mail Online 11/6/20

Iran to Start Transferring Persian Gulf Water to Desert Areas

The Iranian president says a project will come on line on Thursday to desalinate sea water from Persian Gulf and supply it to arid areas across the country, especially in the central Iran. President Hassan Rouhani said this is the first of such projects to supply desalinated water to desert areas. -IFP 11/4/20

Photos: Spectacular beauties of Anzali in northern Iran

Bandar-e Anzali is a harbor town on the Caspian Sea, close to Rasht, Gilan province, in northern Iran. This photo album depicts some eye-catching views of the Anzali Wetland and Anzali Port. Anzali Wetland is one of the most significant and largest natural habitats for wildlife. -Mohammad Moheimani, IRNA 11/2/20

Afghanistan and Iran: From water treaty to water dispute

With an estimated 75 billion cubic metres (BCM) of water annually, Afghanistan is, on paper, a self-sufficient water country. However, the country also "has one of the lowest levels of water storage capacity in the world". Most of the water from its major rivers such as the Amu, Helmand, Harirud-Murghab and Kabul flows to neighbouring countries - Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Lowy Institute 10/14/20

Photos: Superb scenery of Olesbelangah village

Olesbelangah village is located in Masal City of Gilan Province. Most of the residents of Olesbelangah are from Masal city and they stay in the village during summer. Although the village boasts breathtaking scenery during autumn, few tourists visit this place at this time. Olesbelangah village is situated in the highlands of Talish Mountains at an altitude of 1,489 meters. -Pouria Pakizeh, ISNA 9/29/20

European Envoys, Tehran mayor ride bikes to mark Car-Free Day

Ambassadors of four European countries to Tehran along with the city mayor Pirooz Hanachi hit the streets on Tuesday on the occasion of the World Car-Free Day. Hanachi accompanied the ambassadors of France, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Germany riding bicycles on the route from Laleh Park to Shahr Park. Then they visited Tehran Peace Museum to mark the International Day of Peace on September 21. 9/23/20

Photos: Flamingos caught in salt rescued in Lake Urmia

Six flamingo chicks unable to move on the western shore of Lake Urmia due to the salt crystals on their bodies were rescued by environmentalists on Saturday September 5, 2020. Lake Urmia was in danger of drying up. However with mitigation efforts and better rainfall in the last few years, the lake's water level is now at 1.272m and the volume of the water stands at 5.3 billion cubic meters. That's why around 20,000 flamingos have returned to the lake this year. -Taha Asgharkhani 9/8/20

Water donation campaign to help ease drought in four provinces of Iran

The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) will launch a campaign for the third time to solicit public donations to ease water stress in four provinces of the country. The long-standing 20-year-old drought in the region is forcing many to have to provide their water from tank trucks delivering water to the areas. 9/2/20

Over 20 Asiatic cheetahs sighted in north-central Iran

Twenty-one Asiatic cheetahs have been observed in the north-central province of Semnan since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21), Amir Abdous, head of the provincial department of environment (DOE), has announced. Emphasizing that the plan to preserve the cheetahs in Iran is to protect it in its natural habitat, he said that the success achieved in the reproduction of the endangered species in their habitat is greater than that of the captive breeding projects. 9/1/20

Darak, where desert meets sea, added to Iran's National Heritage list

The coastal village of Darak in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan has recently been inscribed on the National Heritage list, CHTN reported. Located between the two important port cities of Chabahar and Bandar Abbas, Darak is one of the few places in the world where the sea and the desert meet. Darak or Darag in the local language means settling along the sea. 8/18/20

First Person: Turning 'apathetic people into climate activists'; a young person's view

An 18-year-old environmental campaigner from the United States has told UN News how she wants to "turn apathetic people into climate activists". Sophia Kianni, whose family originally comes from Iran, is one of seven young people from across the world who have been selected to participate in the UN Secretary-General's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. The group which was launched at the end of the July aims to engage young people in "an open and transparent dialogue" about climate issues. -UN News 8/4/20

International Tiger Day: Silent roar of Caspian tiger is regrettable

Tiger is an endangered species whose surviving population in natural habitats is less than 4,000 individuals, and preventing them from extinction and preserving its habitat is one of the greatest concerns of the international community for the protection of biodiversity. Therefore, July 28 is designated as International Tiger Day to further emphasize the importance of protecting this valuable species because experts believe that if this remarkable animal could not be saved from extinction, what hope could there be for rescuing more unknown species? -Faranak Bakhtiari 7/29/20

The forest fires in Iran that won't stop burning

Iran has been ravaged by hundreds of brush and wildfires spreading across thousands of acres since May 22. The phenomenon is not entirely new but, the number of fires have increased by 2.5 percent compared to last year at this time. The fires have raised questions and concerns as to whether they were caused by accident or arson. -Tahereh Hadian-Jazy, Atlantic Council 7/21/20

Mud volcanos of Golestan, Iran

A mud volcano is a landform, consisting of one or several volcanic craters, that continuously erupts a mud-like substance. Some experts think that mud volcanos are related to volcanic activities, but most scientists believe that the phenomenon emerges as a result of a non-volcanic activity. These photos have been taken from a mud volcano located in Golestan Province of Iran. -Mohammad Ghajar, ISNA 7/17/20

The Untold Story of Iran's Water Crisis

With her project, photojournalist Solmaz Daryani underlines the harsh effects of climate change on the landscape, people and their economy in the south-east region of Iran. -PHmuseum 7/13/20

Photos: Reza Abad desert, a tourist resort in northeastern Iran

Reza Abad desert, located 70 kilometres from the city of Shahroud in Iran's Semnan province, is among the most beautiful desert areas in central and eastern Iran. The nomadic town of Reza Abad is located next to the desert. -Amin Rahmani 7/10/20

Iran is beautiful: Lar National Park in photos

Mount Damavand is not considered a simple mountain for Iranians. Being the highest peak in Iran with the height of 5,671 meters, is not all the greatness of Mount Damvand among Iranians because the Mount has a special place among Iranian mythology and culture and is the symbol of endurance and invincibility. Lar National Park, located in the foothills of Mount Damavand in Mazandaran Province, is a nature reserve which boasts different plant and animal species as well as glorious weather and impressive scenery. -Pouria Pakizeh 7/9/20

Mount Damavand Day: The iconic mountain is grappling with environmental issues

Mount Damavand, the highest peak in Iran, is located northeastern Tehran, but today, it is facing many environmental problems and challenges. Environmental enthusiasts believe that with the inclusion of Damavand National Day in the official calendar of the country, more attention should be paid to this unique natural phenomenon, while unfortunately no action has been taken so far. -Faranak Bakhtiari 7/7/20

Photos: Visiting source of Iran's longest river

Situated in Chaharmahal-o-Bakhtiari Province, Kuhrang spring is the source of Zayandeh Rud, Iran's longest river. The untouched nature of the area and the presence of nomads are also encouraging tourists to have this site on their mustsee destinations. -Pantea Nikzad, Mehr 7/7/20

Three Environmental Activists Die Fighting Wildfires In Western Iran

Three environmental activists have died in western Iran while trying to extinguish wildfires in a mountainous area close to the border. The three -- Mokhtar Khandani, Yasin Karimi, and Balal Amini -- died on June 28 in the Hawraman region in Kermanshah Province, Iranian media reported. -RFE/RL 6/29/20

Tabas Geopark in Iran moves closer to possible UNESCO registration

An extensive dossier, which is an essential prerequisite for possible UNESCO inscription of a site, has almost been completed for the gigantic Tabas Geopark, which is situated in east-central Iran. "Tabas Geopark can be the largest geopark in terms of the area because the whole county of Tabas is the largest county in the Middle East (West Asia). Given the [historical, natural and geological] values of this county, we decided to consider the whole county as the geopark," said Alireza Amrikazemi, who is a UNESCO assessor. 6/25/20

PHOTOS: Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake in Qom, Iran turns red

Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake is located in Qom Province of Iran. Because of heavy rainfalls, more tributaries fed the Lake in spring and as a result, the water level of Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake increased. The rapid growth of algae in the Lake that react with the evaporation of water, turned Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake red. The algae produce beta carotene during the reaction so that the water of the Lake turns red. -Ahmad Zohrabi 6/23/20

PHOTOS: Eye-catching beauty of Lar National Park in Mazandaran, Iran

Lar National Park is a protected area in Mazandaran Province and Tehran Province, in northern Iran. The 30,000-hectare park which is in the Central Alborz mountain range, at the foot of Mount Damavand has stunning beauty in late spring and early summer. 6/23/20

Iranian hero Alborz Zare'ei dies fighting Zagros forest wildfire

Alborz Zare'ei, a 38-year-old environmental enthusiast and climber, who was helping extinguish a wildfire in the southwestern part of the country, lost his life after 18 days of suffering from burn wound infection. Alborz volunteered to defend nature and extinguish the fire in Gachsaran highlands, but due to inhalation of fire fumes and severe wounds lost his life on Friday evening, June 20. 6/22/20

Naybandan Wildlife Refuge: meet Iran's largest remarkable sanctuary

Naybandan Wildlife Refuge located in the eastern province of South Khorasan, with an area of 1,516,994 hectares, is the largest wildlife sanctuary to safeguard the habitats native animals need to survive and thrive in Iran; known as the most important habitat of the Asiatic cheetah. -Faranak Bakhtiari, Tehran Times 6/18/20

Iran's wildfires leave trail of destruction, lingering questions

Wildfires broke out in southwestern Iran during the last week of May and clawed their path up north and west, spreading across much of the Zagros Mountains and leaving behind a trail of irreparable destruction to the already endangered environment. The flames have died down, but there is a heated debate among Iranians about the wildfires. Were they a natural disaster or the result of arson? Who is to blame for the government's slow response? What are the implications for the Iranian environment? And what could be done in the future to avert such a blow? -Al Monitor 6/18/20

Photos: Pink-colored Maharloo Lake in Shiraz, Iran

Maharloo Lake with an area of 600 sq. km is situated on the outskirts of Shiraz, southern Iran, and is a perfect stopover for tourists and nature lovers. Duo to high evaporation rate, the lake's bed has been covered by salt. The color of Maharloo Lake turns pink because of the activity of special algae. The algae grow rapidly in the salty water and cover the surface of the Lake. -Mohammadreza Dehdari 6/17/20

PHOTOS: Newly hatched turtles on Kish Island, Persian Gulf

A group of hawksbill sea turtles hatched out on Kish Island in Persian Gulf and made their way into the sea. Each mother hawksbill sea turtle can lay up to 120 eggs which will hatch after nearly 90 days. -Nasrin Faegh 6/10/20

Some 1,000 earthquakes occurred in Iran in one month

Seismological networks of the Institute of Geophysics of the University of Tehran, recorded more than 960 earthquakes across the country over the past month (April 20-May 20). Nine earthquakes with a magnitude of more than 4 have been recorded in the country by the National Seismological Center, the largest of which occurred on May 2, with a magnitude of 5.1 near Faryab in Kerman province. 6/9/20

Photos: Aladaghlar (Rainbow) Mountains in Iran

If you are looking for a natural place to be amazed, you should take a trip to Zanjan Province in Iran and see the colorful Aladaghlar Mountains. ''Ala'' in Azeri Turkish language means colorful and ''Dag'' means mountain. The Aladaglar rainbow mountains and hills are tucked into the northwest of Iran, 25 kilometers in the northeast of Tabriz between Ahar and Khajeh. Along the road of Ahar-Tabriz, the landscape begins to switch step by step. -Amin Rahmani 6/3/20

5-Richter quake jolts western Iran

An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale rocked Saleh Abad, Mehran, western Iran. According to the Seismological Center of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, the earthquake occurred at 12:46 hours local time (09:11 GMT) and at the depth of 11 km underground. 6/3/20

Regional initiative for locust infestation

A trilateral plan among Iran, Pakistan and India is being formulated to address locust swarm infestations that devour crops and threaten the livelihood and sustenance in the region, already struggling with coronavirus pandemic. The desert locust is considered the most destructive migratory pest in the world and a single swarm covering one square kilometer can contain up to 80 million locusts. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said on Friday there was an increased risk along both sides of India-Pakistan border. 6/2/20

Wildfire rage in southwest Iran

Wildfire broke out on Thursday evening in several protected areas in the provinces of Khuzestan, Bushehr, Lorestan, Kohgiluyeh, and Boyer-Ahmad, including Khaeez protected area. The stretch, measuring 28,000 hectares, is one of the main habitats for wild goats. Being impassable has made any fire-fighting operation almost impossible and only helicopters could reach the area. 6/1/20

Photos: Newly hatched Hawksbill turtles crawl into Persian Gulf

A group of Hawksbill baby sea turtles, hatched out on Tuesday morning in the southern Iranian Qeshm Island, crawl clumsily into the Persian Gulf to swim out to the free waters. The Persian Gulf islands of Shidvar, Nakhiloo, Kish, and Qeshm are four conservation sites for hawksbill sea turtles in Iran. -Asghar Besharati, Mehr 5/28/20

Earthquake Strikes Western Iran

An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 struck the province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad in western Iran on May 24, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. State TV gave no immediate information about possible casualties or damage. 5/25/20

Caspian Sea water level sinks to lowest in 25 years

The Caspian Sea water level has reached its lowest level since 1995, mainly because of a recent drop in the water level of the Volga River, which supplies most of the sea's water, by about 22 percent. In 2019, the average water level stood at -27.18 meters, showing 13 centimeters decrease compared to the year before, ISNA reported. 5/21/20

Damavand quake: A trigger of risk panic in Tehran

On 8 May 2020, 48 minutes after the midnight (local time), a moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter scale shocked citizens of Tehran province. Most of the people were already in sleep. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the vicinity of Damavand, a city 40km northeast of Tehran. According to the 2016 national census, Damavand has 48,000 inhabitants. -Mehdi Zare, Tehran Times 5/13/20

IRAN: Magnitude 5.1 quake Tehran province kills 2, injures 33

An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook Tehran province early on Friday, killing two and injuring 33. The earthquake occurred at 00:48 a.m. at a depth of 7 kilometers near the city of Damavand, 56km northeast of Tehran. The tremor was also felt in the surrounding provinces of Qom, Alborz, Mazandaran, and Zanjan. 5/8/20

PHOTOS: Precipitation brings Hamoun wetland back to life

After two decades of dryness, enough rains have finally come to bring Hamoun wetland back to life in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan, reviving agriculture in the region as well. Hamoun is the third-largest lake of Iran after the Caspian Sea and Urmia Lake. 5/1/20

Lake Urmia level rises by half a meter year on year

Lake Urmia water level has increased by 50 centimeters compared to the same time last year, Farhad Sarkhosh, head of the Lake Urmia Restoration Program's office in West Azarbaijan province, has announced. According to the latest monitoring, the lake's level has reached 1,271 meters and 64 centimeters, which is 50 centimeters higher than the last year's level, he stated, IRNA reported on Saturday. 4/10/20

The Carbon Brief Profile: Iran

In the latest article in a series on how some of the world's key emitters are responding to climate change, Carbon Brief profiles Iran, a major petrostate stricken by long-running droughts. -Josh Gabbatiss, Carbon Brief 2/21/20

Iran Khodro unveils first version of electric car: RANA

The Iran Khodro Compnay (IKCO), the largest carmaker in Iran, has unveiled a first electric car that could reach mass production in two years time. A report by the IRNA agency on Tuesday said that the Electric RANA, a sedan which bears the name of one of the recent models of IKCO, is equipped with a special engine that is designed by a subsidiary of the company. 2/19/20

team group envisions a sunken courtyard oasis in iran with sweeping, organic brickwork

team group presents an investigation into the ancestral architecture of the hot and dry regions of iran with the proposed 'sunken courtyard' or bagh chal. among the most powerful and significant elements of iranian architecture, the courtyard spatial type is reimagined as an introverted, brick monument which embraces its occupant below the level of the ground in coolness and shadows within a naturally desertous context. the envisioned project, programmed as a boutique restaurant, is integrated into the flat landscape and made up of zones organized with inverted symmetry. -designboom 2/18/20

Iran's Government Still Unable To Deal With Heavy Snowfall Crippling Northern Region

Four days after heavy snowfall hit the province of Gilan, northern Iran, thousands of people in the urban and rural areas of the region are still without water and electricity. At least eight people have been killed and 145 more injured in the snow-hit province, while many rural roads are blocked. Over 250,000 people in Gilan are suffering from a power outage, the state-run Khabar-Online news agency reports. 2/14/20

End of the line for Iran's bird-watching paradise?

Miankaleh international wetland has recently witnessed the death of over 13,000 migratory birds. Although veterinary organization announced that the birds have been killed due to the "botulinum toxin", some environmentalists believe that water pollution and other factors that have not yet been investigated have caused unprecedented bird mortality in the area. -Faranak Bakhtiari 2/7/20

God, gas and heroin. Now, the fight's over water

Men across this windblown, lawless desert have fought over opium, God and gasoline, but now, Said Mohammed, a wheat farmer with a shovel and a rifle, senses a war brewing over water. The conflict runs along the dangerous border between Afghanistan and Iran, where the Helmand River winds like an existential thread through two troubled lands. -Stefanie Glinski, Los Angeles Times 2/6/20

Opposing War with Iran is an Environmental Imperative

Popular culture is filled with many infamous villainous partnerships: Bonnie and Clyde, Sauron and Saruman, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine. As long as one thrives, the other survives. The climate crisis and militarism are the same. And just as we would the other devastating duos, champions of environmental and human justice must recognize the climate crisis and militarism as partners, rather than isolated evils, in order to truly confront them.-Laila Ujayli, Responsible Statecraft 2/3/20

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