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Iran Quake Survivors Spend Second Night In Open As Death Toll Rises

- Thousands of people spent a second night in makeshift tents or out in the open as authorities downplayed hope for finding more survivors of a powerful earthquake near the Iran-Iraq border that killed hundreds of people. Iran's Kermanshah Province bore the brunt of the quake, with state media saying that at least 430 people died and about 7,000 others were injured in the country when the quake hit on November 12. - 11/14/17

Iran in Mourning After Earthquake that Killed 430

- Iran's state-run IRNA news agency said at least 430 people were reported dead and 7,000 others injured. Many of the victims were in Sarpol-e-Zahab in Iran's Kermanshah province. Iraq's Interior Ministry put the death toll there at seven people with 500 injured. The U.S. Geological Survey said quake was centered near the town of Halabja in Iraq's Kurdistan region and was felt as far away as Turkey and Israel. - 11/14/17

PHOTOS: Death And Destruction After Powerful Quake Near Iran-Iraq Border

- Rescue workers and desperate relatives dug through debris in a search for survivors after a powerful earthquake hit near the Iran-Iraq border. 395 Iranians were confirmed dead as of Monday afternoon. Over 6,650 others were also injured. Iran's Interior Ministry said on November 13 that most of the casualties were in Kermanshah Province, with residents reporting feeling the 7.3 magnitude quake throughout the region, from Turkey to Kuwait. - 11/13/17

Photos: Maskan-e Mehr government built affordable housing in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran damaged severely in quake

- Users in Iranian social media are particularly angry about the news of damages and casualties from Sarpol-e Zahab. This town is home to a government built apartment complex known as "Maskan-e Mehr" that were constructed during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presidency as an affordable housing project. These government housing complexes have been heavily damaged and angry users are asking questions about building safety standards. - 11/13/17

Endangered Persian Leopard "Arezoo" Released Back To Wild in Roudsar

- A Persian leopard that had been severely injured by getting caught in snare in February was fully recovered and released back to wild on Sunday. On February 5, Arezoo which is named after her habitat in Roudsar, northern Gilan province, was found while suffering from serious damages by getting caught in snare. - 11/7/17

Photos: Khartouran wildlife refuge home to 60 endangered Asiatic cheetahs

- Khar Turan National Park or Touran Wildlife Refuge is an Iranian National Park in Semnan province, southeast of Shahrud. The place is home to one of the largest populations of the critically endangered Asiatic cheetahs. Currently there are about 60 collars in the world, all of which are living in Iran. - 11/6/17

A need for national, regional, international cooperation to save Caspian seal

- There is a great need for national, regional and international cooperation to conserve the Caspian seal, an environment official has said. Caspian seals are only found in the Caspian Sea. Unfortunately the seals which are the sole marine mammals inhabiting the Caspian Sea have fallen into a drastic decline, Parvin Farshchi, deputy head of the department of environment for marine affairs, said in an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times. -Maryam Qarehgozlou - 11/3/17

Interview: 'It will take a lifetime of dedication to save Asiatic Cheetah'

- The Asiatic cheetah also known as Iranian cheetah is a Critically Endangered cheetah subspecies surviving today only in Iran. It once occurred from the Arabian Peninsula and the Near East to the Kyzylkum Desert, Caspian region, Pakistan and India, but has been extirpated there during the 20th century. The Asiatic cheetah survives in protected areas in the eastern-central arid region of Iran, where the human population density is very low. - 10/2/17

Tehran Green Film Festival announces international lineups

- The 6th edition of the International Green Film Festival in Tehran announced the foreign films for various categories on Tuesday. The festival plans to highlight sustainable tourism this year in line with the UN World Tourism Organization's decision to name 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. - 8/29/17

PHOTOS: Khazineh Canyon, A Tourist Hub In Western Iran

- Darreh Khazineh is a steep canyon located in western Iranian province of Lorestan. Some refer to this natural wonder as Iran's Grand Canyon. People use an elevated suspension bridge that spans Darreh Khazineh over Seymareh River to cross the canyon. The 112-meter-long bridge, with an altitude of more than 85 meters, is said to be the highest in the Middle East. - 8/28/17

Tehran City Councilors Set Sights On Cleaner Sky

- As evidence displays, the capital's air pollution and traffic congestion are amongst the main concerns of the newly-elected Tehran City Council. During the first session of the fifth Tehran City Council on Wednesday, the chairman Mohsen Hashemi highlighted the need for following-up on different urban management plans with the aim of reducing traffic congestion and decreasing air pollution in the capital as one of the main programs of the council. - 8/24/17

48 countries to attend in International Green Film Festival's visual art section

- The 6th Iran International Green Film Festival (IIGFF6) is slated for September 9-15, 2017, with the objectives of recognizing, screening and awarding the best national and international films and visual arts aimed at protecting the environment, natural resources, increasing public awareness and promoting the culture of environmental preservation. - 8/23/17

Environment Matters: Iranian couple tie the knot, pledge to plant thousand-plus trees

- In a symbolic gesture to safeguard the environment a young bride from the western province of Ilam made the groom to pledge to plant 1372 trees as her "mahr" - a mandatory payment paid or promised to pay by the groom under Islamic law. - 8/22/17

Trump's new world order inadvertently making our planet great again

- Arguably one of the most unexpected events since the onset of the Trump administration's unconventional policy reform is the United States backing out of the Paris Climate Agreement, severing alliances with world leaders tackling climate change. Meanwhile, a rescaling of governance regarding climate change has taken root, where various stakeholders ranging from long-standing autonomous nations to state leaders are emerging as key players in combatting climate change. -Kaveh Madani and Shirin Hakim - 8/15/17

Iran Industry Spotlight: Water Management

- Like other countries in the region, Iran faces a severe water crisis due to climate change and poor water management. One of the most visible reminders of this ongoing problem is Lake Urmia. Located in the northwestern corner of Iran, Lake Urmia's watershed serves an agricultural regionwith a population of 6.4 million people. Previously one of the largest salt lakes in the world, Lake Urmia was also once a popular tourist destination. However, the last 20 years of environmental conditions and damming of tributary rivers for irrigation have shrunk Lake Urmia's surface area by 70% and its water volume by 95%. -Elliot Plaut - 8/4/17

PHOTOS: Minimal landscapes of Iran

- Photographer Mohammad Moheimany has captured some very beautiful pictures from natural landscapes and surrounding environments of Iran in Landscape and Minimal styles. - 7/17/17

Photos: Lake Maharloo simmers, turns red

- The waters of rich salt lake Maharloo (map), situated on the outskirts of Shiraz in southern Iran, look reddish for a good reason. The growth of bacteria and particularly seaweeds come to change the color of the water body which is rich in potassium and salts. In mid-summer the lake loses its water due to high evaporation leaving behind a white bed and reddish color water. -Reza Ghaderi - 7/10/17

Afghans Stage Rare Anti-Iran Rally, Denounce Iran's President Rouhani

- Residents and civil society activists staged a protest Friday in southern Afghanistan to denounce neighboring Iran's President Hassan Rouhani for criticizing Afghan water management and dam projects. Hundreds of demonstrators peacefully marched through the streets of Lashkargah, capital of Helmand province near the Iranian border. They chanted, "Death to Hassan Rouhani" and "Death to enemies of Afghanistan." -Ayaz Gul, VOA - 7/8/17

International event issues Tehran Declaration, vows to fight dust storms

- Ministers and high-level representatives participating in the UN-backed International Conference on Combating Sand and Dust Storms in Tehran (July 3-5) wrapped up the second day with the Tehran Ministerial Declaration, agreeing to "cooperate on combating SDS at sub-regional regional, and international levels." - 7/5/17

Iran's President Rouani: Environmental issues are 'extra-national, extra-regional'

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani said on Monday that environmental issues are "extra-national and extra-regional challenges", noting regional wars have caused environmental problems. "The only way to live peacefully in the West Asia and Middle East region is adopting a win-win policy in the area of environment, helping and standing beside each other," Rohani said during an opening speech at the International Conference on Combating Sand and Dust Storms in Tehran. - 7/4/17

Can Iran lead a global fight against dust storms?

- In the last two years, the UN passed four resolutions on sand and dust storms in an attempt to facilitate a global political will to tackle this pressing environmental problem. Now an international conference hosted by Iran and UN has brought together leaders and experts from 34 countries to discuss ways to combat dust storms and form partnerships to take action. -Ali Mirchi and Kaveh Madani - 7/3/17

Iranian President Criticizes Turkey's Dam Projects

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has criticized major dam projects by Turkey on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. Rohani is demanding that Turkey halt construction of both dams, saying that they were "dangerous" for the entire Middle East. Rohani made the comments during a conference on sandstorms in Tehran on July 3. - 7/3/17

Six metropolises, 289 cities in Iran facing water stress

- Six metropolises of Isfahan, Bushehr, Bandar Abbas, Shiraz, Kerman, and Mashhad and 289 other cities in Iran are currently troubled with water stress, deputy energy minister said on Friday. "The amount of water consumption is roughly equal to the amount of water stored in these cities," IRNA news agency quoted Rahim Meydani as saying. - 6/27/17

Iran to hold international conference on combating sand storms

- Iran is organizing a three-day international conference on combating sand and dust storms in July, with participation of representatives from over 30 countries across the world. The International Conference on Combating Sand and Dust Storms is to be held in Tehran on 3-5 July 2017. - 6/26/17

An Iranian Woman Breeding Crocodiles Calls For Support

- Mojgan Roostaei is the only Iranian female entrepreneur who works on crocodile breeding in the country. Roostaei, 33, is one of the exemplary job creators in the southern province of Hormozgan. She has called officials for providing financial support to improve her first-of-its-kind job. - 6/6/17

See the Ancient Water Tunnels Below Iran's Desert

- From above, it seems as though a series of holes were pierced in the desert's dry surface. But a hundred feet below the mysterious pits, a narrow tunnel carries water from a distant aquifer to farms and villages that wouldn't exist without it. These underground aqueducts, called qanats, are 3,000-year-old marvels of engineering, many of which are still in use throughout Iran. -Rachel Brown, National Geography - 6/1/17

Photos: Duck undergoes cataract surgery in Tabriz

- Iranian ophthalmologist Behnam Ghaffarzadeh examines a duck that has just undergone cataract extraction at the surgeon's office in the northwestern city of Tabriz, May 25, 2017. -Amir Sadeghi - 5/29/17

Photos: Magnitude 5.7 Quake In Northeastern Iran Kills Two, Injures Hundreds

- A 5.7-magnitude earthquake that shook the northeastern province of North Khorasan on Saturday night claimed two lives and left more than 400 injured. The earthquake hit 3 cities and 97 villages of the province at 22:30 local time which was followed by 26 aftershocks. - 5/15/17

Iranian Island of Qeshm in Persian Gulf registered as UNESCO Global Geopark

- The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has registered Iran's southern Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf on its Global Geoparks list. "The Qeshm Island has been granted the designation of UNESCO Global Geopark for a four-year period from May 5, 2017 to May 4, 2021. And the first revalidation will take place in 2020," the UNESCO official website announced on Friday. - 5/8/17

Death toll rises to 35 in flood, landslide in western and northwestern Iran

- Severe flood and landslide in western and northwestern parts of Iran have so far claimed 35 lives and left 8 missing. Heavy rain which started on Friday morning caused flood in the afternoon and unfortunately the northwestern cities of Azarshahr and Ajabshir hit the hardest by the flood, ISNA quoted Ismail Najjar, head of the Crisis Management Organization as saying on Saturday. - 4/15/17

Casualties Reported After Strong Quake Hits Northeastern Iran

- A magnitude-6.1 earthquake has struck near the northwestern Iranian city of Mashhad, reportedly killing at least two people and injuring several others. The quake struck nearly 80 kilometers southeast of Iran's second-biggest city at about 10:40 a.m. (0640 GMT/UTC) on April 5, the U.S. Geological Survey and Iranian media said. Reports said aftershocks shook the region. - 4/5/17

Iranians celebrate Sizdah Bedar nature festival by going outdoors

- Iranian people are celebrating Sizdah Bedar, the traditional Persian festival of nature, by spending time outdoors with family and friends. The ancient Iranian festival was held on Sunday, which this year marks the 13th day of Farvardin the first month on the Persian calendar. - 4/2/17

Iran's environmental chief says she won't give up to pressures

- As U.S. President Donald Trump signed a long-promised executive order on Tuesday to end the country's climate change efforts and revive the coal industry, Iran's environmental official Masoumeh Ebtekar pledged pressing ahead with plans to rebuild the country's damaged environment. "I won't give up in the face of pressures and will continue implementing plans as far as I'm in office," Ebtekar said on Wednesday - 3/30/17

Time ripe in New Year to rethink our environmental responsibilities

- The coincidence of the Iranian new year with spring implies that everything is about to revive in the upcoming year, particularly the environment. With the trees blooming and springs bubbling once again the New Year starts. The ever changing nature teaches us to keep changing towards perfection. - 3/28/17

Iran to divert water from Gulf of Oman inwards

- Iran says it is implementing a landmark project to divert water from the Gulf of Oman to its central plateau - a project that could not only address the country's surging water crisis but could also help push ahead relevant economic plans in host regions. - 3/23/17

The importance of common fox in Iran

- The ecology of the common fox is of interest because of high adaptability. This species is found in all regions of Iran with the exception of the northern forests and the drier parts of the central deserts, where it is replaced by the sand fox. In Europe common fox (or red fox) is a reddish color but in Iran it is usually a buff grey-brown with a browner back. In North America, however, there are many distinct color varieties, with up to 20 percent of red foxes being black or silver. -Farnaz Heidari - 3/6/17

Iran's budget bill proposes $125M to deal with dust storms

- Dust storms which consistently disturb local residents of southwestern province of Khuzestan coupled with public utility outage has become a national concern lately. Dust particles originated from host spots (mostly dried up wetlands) located in Iran or Iraq are the main reasons for the storms. - 2/26/17

Photos: Salt Dome in Qom, Iran

- Qom salt dome (Kuh-e Namak), a natural wonder covering an area of over 1 square miles, is located about 10 miles from the city of Qom on the road to Jafarieh. The salt dome houses a small lake which adds to its attraction. -Ahmad Zohrabi - 2/24/17

President Rouhani visits Iran's Khuzestan Province to address environmental crisis

- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has paid a visit to the southwestern province of Khuzestan, which is reeling from heavy floods and dust storms, a situation which has led to disruptions in the distribution of water and electricity there. - 2/23/17

Budget deficit could do irreparable damage to Lake Urmia

- Officials in charge of Lake Urmia restoration program have said the government has not allocated budget to the project in the next Iranian calendar year (March 2017-March 2018) and this could do irreparable damage to the lake's restoration program. - 2/20/17

PHOTOS: Dust storm, public utility outage spark protests in Ahwaz, Iran

- Recurrent periods of suffocating dust storms, lately accompanied by crippling power and water supply cuts, have provoked public protests in the city of Ahvaz, southwestern province of Khuzestan. - 2/17/17

PHOTOS: Iranians Protest Air Pollution, Water Cuts In Ahvaz

- Demonstrators took the streets of the western Iranian city of Ahvaz on February 13 to protest against air pollution, water shortages, and power cuts. Amateur video obtained by RFE/RL's Radio Farda showed crowds chanting against what they called "injustice." They also condemned state television for its apparent lack of reporting on the condition of public utilities in city. - 2/15/17

Iranian Minister, Ranger Engage In Verbal Fistfight Over Persian Wild Ass

- Iran's Minister of Industries, Mines, and Trade has lampooned environmentalist activists' concerns over the spoiling of the pristine habitats of Persian wild ass. The drama had been on its climax when commander of Damavand Wildlife Patrolling Unit reacted to rather blunt and blatantly irresponsible remarks by the minister who had said that a few wild asses should not impede the way to exploring mines in a pristine habitat - 2/15/17

Roudsar Persian leopard in torment

- Recently an injured Persian Leopard was found near Sejidan village of Siahkal region, Roudsar. The leopard was caught in a snare. Snares often lead to serious damage of wild animals. Using anchored cables or wire nooses in this region is common, so similar bad news such as capturing of forest cats is often heard. The injured Persian Leopard of Roudsar was transferred to Tehran last week to get a definitive diagnosis. -Farnaz Heidari, Tehran Times - 2/13/17

Hoz-e Sultan, a gigantic natural mirror in central Iranian plateau

- Hoz-e Sultan, a lonely salt lake in the heart of Iran, resembles a gigantic natural mirror as its shallow water covers a vast plain of salt deposits. It is the epicenter of a relatively rich fauna as well. Sprawled about 40 kilometers north of the city of Qom and adjacent to the Qom - Tehran highway, the lake covers 37,075 hectares. With an altitude of about 720 meters above sea level, the lake is considered as one of the lowest parts of the Iranian plateau. - 2/7/17

PHOTOS: Iran's president test-drives electric car on National Clean Air Day

- On the sidelines of a cabinet session on Wednesday, Rouhani took a tour by some of his ministers to check the products of three knowledge-based companies manufacturing electric cars and motorcycles. The Iranian president was briefed on the capabilities and quality of the products, including the two-seat electric car Yooz, produced by the Islamic Azad University of Qazvin, as well as two electric motorcycles manufactured by two other research centers. - 1/19/17

$250M allocated to Lake Urmia restoration program

- The lake which used to be a natural habitat for migratory birds, and a tourist attraction is facing a dramatic decline for years now. The decline is generally blamed on a combination of drought, damming of the rivers that flow into it, pumping of groundwater from the area, and increased water diversion for irrigation of farming lands within the lake's watershed. - 1/11/17

The story of an Iranian soldier who lost a limb saving a dog trapped in minefield

- Mohammad Bakhtar, a 19-year-old Iranian soldier, has been highly lauded after losing his leg while trying to save a dog trapped in a barbed wire fence around a minefield. Mohammad's story, has gone viral in the country since the incident which happened in a garrison in Ajabshir, northwestern East Azarbaijan province, the Department of Environment official website reported. - 1/7/17

Persian leopard captured on camera in Taleqan

- According to Iran Environmental Watch and Wildlife, two environment collaborators crossing their village near the city of Taleqan, found new leopard footprints on the snow. After a few minutes, they saw a mature leopard only a short distance away, which did not attempt to scape and the two men could capture the image of this endangered animal. - 1/7/17

PHOTOS: Fereydounkenar Hosting Migrant Siberian Geese

- Migrant Siberian geese have arrived in Fereydounkenar, Iran's Mazandaran province to seek refuge during winter. The geese are protected and are fed by the forest rangers and local people. -Amir Ali Razzaghi - 1/5/17

How much we know about cetaceans of Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman?

- Unlike whales which are currently extremely rare cetaceans were abundant in the Persian Gulf. Some anecdotal reports of stranded whales have been received, usually without an identification of the species. It seems cetacean populations have declined significantly in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. This is probably because of three factors: a reduction of fish stocks due to commercial exploitation, water contamination primarily due to discharge of petroleum products into the Persian Gulf, and a global decline in numbers. -Farnaz Heidari - 1/3/17

A Witness to Iran's Intensifying Struggle with Climate Change

- Ako Salemi took the first photographs of his career when he was a teen-ager, growing up in northern Iran. His earliest subject, a river near his family's home, is now mostly dirt. In Salemi's native country, as in much of the water-scarce Middle East, climate change has led to desiccation. -Carolyn Kormann, New Yorker - 1/3/17

Hefty Fine, Insurance Policy Reduces Persian Leopard Casualties In Iran

- Increasing the fine for killing leopards by 16 times to 800 million rials (nearly $20,000) and insuring the animals against any possible threat has resulted in fewer casualties in Iran. From 2005 to 2014 some 156 leopards were killed in Iran, 20 leopards a year on average, which decreased to 14 over the last Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2015 to March 19, 2016), according to the Department of Environment. - 1/2/17

Dreaming Of Blue Skies: Tehran's Battle For Clean Air

- Tehran's wet streets provide temporary relief to millions who have been tolerating unbearable levels of pollution. In today's Tehran, precipitation is associated with romanticism and blessings, washing away polluted skies briefly before reality sets in again. Pollution has plagued Iran's capital for years, manifesting in various health problems amongst locals, closing of schools, and transforming daily activities into questions of life and death. -Shirin Hakim and Kaveh Madani - 12/28/16

PHOTOS: Two Persian leopards spotted at Parvar Protected Area

- A leopardess and her cub were spotted on December 21st at Parvar Protected Wildlife Area in Semnan province of Iran. Persian leopard is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List; the population is estimated at fewer than 871-1,290 mature individuals and considered declining. - 12/25/16

PHOTOS: Quiet Death Of Migrant Geese In Meighan Wetland

- In recent days, Meighan Wetland, located in Arak, Iran (map), has witnessed death of many migrant geese that seek refuge there every year. The cause of these deaths is unknown and is being investigated by the environmental authorities. - 12/16/16

Qeshm Island in Persian Gulf to host Global Geoparks Network workshop in 2017

- The Iranian island of Qeshm in Persian Gulf will play host to Global Geoparks Network Workshop for Middle East Region, which will be held from April 24 to 26, 2017. Founded in 2004 as an international partnership developed under the umbrella of UNESCO, the GGN seeks to promote professional management of global geoparks and raise multi-cultural links to the maintenance of geological sites. - 12/16/16

December 4 marks International Cheetah Day: World's fastest land animal is racing against extinction

- Cheetah is world's fastest land animal over short distances and also the most ancient of all the big cats. Years of persecution have made it one of the world's most vulnerable big cats. In their ancestral homeland of the Middle East the Asian subspecies of cheetah is critically endangered, with very few, if any, individuals left in remote parts of Iran. The situation is only slightly better in Africa. -Farnaz Heidari - 12/4/16

Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Center renews establishment in Iran

- Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Center, an institution aiming at protecting human health and the environment against the adverse effects of hazardous wastes, extended its establishment in Iran for five more years until 2020. -Maryam Qarehgozlou - 12/3/16

Iran could face severe water crisis in 2017: Report

- Historically low rainfalls have raised concerns that Iran will have an arid year in 2017. Iran's Tasnim news agency in a report said the average rainfalls in the country dropped this autumn by 74 percent compared to last year. This was the lowest drop the country had seen for the past 47 years, Tasnim added. - 12/2/16

Tehran fights for breath while officials pass the buck

- While air pollution in Tehran has reached critical levels for seven days in a row officials keep shifting the blame onto each other. The air quality indices have surged up so much so that all healthy people are likely to experience irritation or discomfort while breathing as well as those with heart and lung condition. - 11/16/16

Heavy Air Pollution Closes Schools In Tehran

- Authorities in Tehran have closed schools on November 14 because of dangerous levels of pollution in the atmosphere. "Kindergartens and primary schools are closed on Monday [November 14] in Tehran and most of the cities of the province," the Education Ministry said, according to official IRNA agency. - 11/14/16

Iran's 'Inversion' wins Best Film Award at MedFilm Festival

- Iranian film 'Inversion' directed and written by Behnam Behzadi won the Best Film Award at 21st edition of MedFilm Festival. The Italian event held on November 4-12 is home to different feature movies and documentaries made in the Mediterranean and the new Europe areas. - 11/13/16

Iran 9th biggest greenhouse gas emitter: EPA Chief

- The head of Iran's Environmental Protection Agency said Sun. that Iran is the 9th biggest producers of greenhouse gases in the world. Although Iran ranks 17th in the world in terms of population, Masumeh Ebtekar said Iran is now the ninth-highest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the world, due to the country's economy and environment suffering for years from a wrong model of energy consumption. - 11/13/16

Thousands of artists appeal to Iranian President for tackling air pollution

- More than 5,700 Iranian artists issued an appeal to President Hassan Rouhani urging him to take serious measures to address air pollution in the country. The supreme council of the Iranian Artists Forum, comprising photographers, graphic designers, painters, sculptors, calligraphers, potters, and actors signed a letter to the president asking for immediate measures to minimize air pollution - 11/7/16

'I'm Lake Urmia' petition signed by 1.7m Iranians presented to UN

- Actor Reza Kianian presented the "I'm Lake Urmia" petition, signed by around 1.7 million Iranians, to the UN resident coordinator in Iran Gary Lewis, here on Monday. "I'm Lake Urmia" hashtag is a campaign initiated in late August by Mohammad Khazaei, an environmentalist, and later taken up and supported by Kianian. It is aimed to push the United Nations to take serious measures to restore the lake. - 11/1/16

Wives Of Ambassadors Join "I'm Lake Urmia" Campaign

- Wives of 12 ambassadors to Iran joined "I'm Lake Urmia" campaign, which aims to collect one million signatures required by the United Nation to help restore the lake, Mehr news agency reported. The campaign was launched in late August in the platform of social media. - 10/23/16

Iran's Parliament Passes 'Clean Air' Bill

- Iran's parliament (Majlis) on Wednesday approved clean air bill which could greatly help deal with sources of pollution in the country once in comes into force. The bill will be discussed in detail later this week, IRIB reported. -The chief of Department of Environment, Masoumeh Ebtekar, explained that the bill has been modified with the help of cabinet members and executive bodies. - 10/23/16

Car-Free Tuesdays Campaign: Iran allots loans of up to $3,000 to bicycles, electric motorcycles

- Iran has allotted loans of up to 100 million rials (nearly $3,000) to bicycles and electric motorcycles, an official with the Department of Environment has said. "People can take out loans of 30 million rials (nearly $1,000) to 100 million rials to buy bicycles and electric motorcycles," YJC quoted Mohammad Darvish as saying. - 10/15/16

Iran, Germany to cooperate on Zayanderud river restoration

- Deputy energy minister announced that Iran and Germany have reached agreement over saving Zayanderud river. A fresh round of talks between Iran and Germany over water and power industries kicked off in Tehran upon arrival of a delegation of Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research headed by State Secretary Georg Schutte and attended by President of German Research Foundation Peter Hrsg V Strohschneider and head of Germany's Max Planck Society Martin Stratmann. - 10/10/16

Iranian coastal waters: New home to a rarely seen venomous sea snake

- Gunther's sea snake (Microcephalophis cantoris), a rarely seen venomous sea snake with distribution thought to stretch from the Malay Peninsula to Pakistan, has now been recorded from Iranian coastal waters off the western Gulf of Oman, more than 400 kilometers away from the westernmost boundary of its previously known range. -Phys.org - 10/10/16

Isfahan on track to become a city of bicycles

- Isfahan Municipality is arranging for the city to become a city of bicycles, an official with the Department of Environment has said. "Isfahan Municipality has initiated talks with the Dutch to develop the necessary technical infrastructure to turn the city into a city of bicycles," Mohammad Darvish said. Isfahan and Neishabur municipalities did best in creating bike lanes and cycling infrastructure, Darvish noted. - 10/2/16

This is what climate change is doing to Iran

- Lake Urmia, in the mountains of northwestern Iran, was once a source of national pride and one of the country's top tourism destinations. It's emerging now as something else entirely: Iran's most visible symbol of the damage being wrought by global climate change. -Yochi Dreazen, Vox - 9/30/16

The world's fastest animal is in a race for survival in Iran

- The three-acre hilltop park overlooking Iran's smog-blanketed capital might seem like a nice spot for romance. But the couple has not been in the mood. Delbar, a 4-year-old female Asiatic cheetah, was brought to the fenced enclosure at Tehran's Pardisan park by conservation officials who hoped she would mate with Koshki, a 10-year-old male. -Los Angeles Times - 9/29/16

'I'm Lake Urmia' campaign seeks international support to save Iran's salt water lake

- The "I'm Lake Urmia" hashtag is a newly initiated campaign spearheaded by the public aims to collect one million signatures to push the United Nation to take serious measures to restore the lake. Launched in late August in the platform of social media, the campaign was first supported by actor Reza Kianian and later was taken up by other actors, politicians, and athletes. - 9/28/16



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