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Elementary schools closed in Iran's capital Tehran amid high pollution levels

- The governor of Tehran province said on Tuesday that elementary schools in cities of Tehran, as well as in Varamin, Qarchak and Pishva, all to the south of the capital, will be closed on Wednesday given that an index measuring the quality of the air in those cities was still at unhealthy levels, especially for sensitive groups of the population. - 11/13/19

At Least Five Dead, Dozens Injured As Strong Earthquake Hits East Azerbaijan In Northern Iran

- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 has struck in northwestern Iran in the East Azerbaijan Province, killing at least five people, state media have reported. According to early reports, at least 120 other people have been injured in the quake, which hit at 2:17 a.m. on November 8. -RFE/RL - 11/8/19

Southern Iran Hit By Strong Earthquake, No Casualties Reported

- A 5.4-magnitude earthquake has struck the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan, state TV reports. The were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center put the quake's magnitude at 5.5, saying it struck at 11:10 a.m. on November 6. The earthquake was centered some 80 kilometers north of the port city of Bandar-e Lengeh and 120 kilometers west of Bandar Abbas, it said. - 11/6/19

Despite Floods This Year, 28 Million People In Iran Face Water Shortage

- Latest figures published in Iran show 233 cities and towns still face water shortage despite plenty of rains in the spring that inundated vast areas of the country and killed dozens. About 140 cities are in the state of yellow alert, with means ten percent water shortage, while 59 cities and towns are in the red category with more than 20 percent shortage. The rest face orange alert. -Radio Farda - 10/29/19

Hundreds Of People Suffering Respiratory Problems After Acid Rains In Ahvaz, Iran

- Hundreds of people suffering from respiratory problems have visited the medical centers in the city of Ahvaz in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, southwest Iran, after first seasonal rains that were mixed with air pollutants. - 10/28/19

Last Siberian crane wings its way back to Iran

- The last remaining western Siberian crane, called 'Omid' (meaning Hope in Persian), has returned to Iran once again to spend the winter but one month earlier than the previous years, IRNA news agency reported on Monday. - 10/21/19

Tehran to host Climathon 2019

- Tehran Municipality plans to hold programs in line with Climathon 2019 on October 24-25, looking for optimal solutions for issues such as air pollution and waste management. With a powerful solutions-hackathon at its core, Climathon is a year-round program, which powers a global wave of change makers and innovators to help humanity achieve zero emissions in 20 to 30 years. - 10/20/19

IRAN: Death Penalty-Carrying Charge Dropped Against Four Conservationists After Supreme Leader Intervened

- The charge of "corruption on earth," which can lead to the death penalty under Iranian law, has been dropped against four detained conservationists following intervention by Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 10/15/19

Tehran to get 550 kilometers of bike lanes in 5 years

- Bikeways stretching to 550 kilometers will be built across the capital city of Tehran over the next five years, an official with Tehran Municipality has said. Two years ago, a five-year plan was developed in collaboration with a Dutch group and international consultants aiming to develop cycling in Tehran, Mehdi Hassanzadeh, manager of the project for development of cycling in Tehran explained. - 10/8/19

Will the world's fastest Asiatic cheetah outrun extinction?

- Although Iran is the only country which can save the precious species from disappearance, conservation projects fall into a single solution of captive-breeding. Cheetah's captive-breeding is not necessarily an inefficient plan, nonetheless concerns come up from recent unsuccessful projects. Will the endangered beauty surpass its unknown fate and escape extinction? -Faranak Bakhtiari, Tehran Times - 9/3/19

Bear cubs shot dead in southwestern Iran

- Two bear cubs were found dead at a landfill site in Dena county, southwestern province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, the provincial department of environment (DOE) chief has announced. Lack of wildlife protection culture among people as well as awareness, and a lack of conservation forces are among the issues led to such tragic events, he lamented. - 9/3/19

Caspian seals population shrinking alarmingly

- Caspian seals, the sole marine mammals inhabiting the Caspian Sea, have faced a sharp decline in population over the past three decades, pushing the species towards extinction, Davood Mirshekar, deputy chief of the Department of Environment for marine ecosystems, has stated. - 8/27/19

Iran's Father of Nature Gholam-Ali Beski Passes Away

- Gholam-Ali Beski, physician and environmentalist who dedicated a lifetime protecting the environment and promoting public awareness on climate change, passed away on Wednesday, leaving the nature to the people hoping for tougher measures to preserve the remaining natural resources. - 8/22/19

Parau: "Everest of all caves" in western Iran

- Photos show rock climbers rappelling through Iran's Parau Cave, locally renowned as "Everest of all caves". Looking for adventure? This vertical limestone cave, which is one of natural attractions of Kermanshah province in the Zagros Mountains, offers a wild and challenging expedition for experienced rock climbers! - 8/21/19

Persian lions at Tehran zoo tie the knot!

- A male Persian lion, born 6 years ago, was sent to Tehran Zoological Garden from Britain's Bristol Zoo on May 1, under a population management program aiming at endangered species reproduction by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). A female lion of the same subspecies from Ireland also sent to Iran to accompany the male lion through the conservation program. - 8/13/19

Dozens hospitalized as sand and dust storms haunt southeastern Iran

- Severe sand and dust storms (SDSs) has left 127 patients hospitalized due to respiratory problems in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, head of provincial disaster mitigation and management organization has said. - 8/13/19

Iran And Its Neighbors Face 'Extraordinary Water Crisis' - Report

- The World Resources Institute's (WRI) latest report says that Iran, along with Israel, Lebanon, and Qatar, are struggling with an "extraordinary water crisis." The three are among the most water-stressed countries, according to the new data, consuming an average of 80% of their available water resources every year. -Radio Farda - 8/8/19

Persian leopard captured alive in NE Iran and treated for injuries

- A Persian leopard has been captured alive in Razavi Khorasan Province, northeast of Iran. The Managing Director of Environment Department of Razavi Khorasan, Touraj Hemmati, said on Sunday that following a series of attacks by a leopard on the herd dogs in a village located on the edge of Tandoureh Protected Area in the north east of Iran, a rescue team was sent to the area to capture the leopard alive to treat him due to the wounds on his body and tooth infection. - 8/2/19

Artificial insemination of Asiatic cheetah in captivity not successful

- Female Asiatic cheetah, Delbar, being kept in captivity at Tehran's Pardisan Park, had undergone artificial insemination some 100 days ago, but it turned to be unsuccessful, director of the wildlife conservation and management at the Department of Environment has said. - 8/1/19

Green schools being constructed in 3 provinces of Iran

- Three provinces across the country will soon have green schools, Darioush Varnaseri, deputy director of the organization for school renovation, development and equipment, has stated. "Green schools will be built in three provinces of Tehran, Qazvin, and Sistan-Baluchestan," Varnaseri said, ISNA reported on Sunday. -Tehran Times - 7/29/19

"Wooden Memory" Project: Kerman's dried-out trees come to life again

- A group of sculptors has been commissioned by the Kerman Municipality to transform dried-out trees situated in the courtyard of Kerman's Mathematics Park and National Library into sculptures in an art project titled "Wooden Memory". - 7/25/19

Iran's Precious Hyrcanian Forest loses 25,000 ha annually

- Some 25,000 hectares of Hyrcanian Forest in northern Iran undergo fragmentation mostly due to land use changes for agricultural and residential purposes, wood smuggling and overgrazing, an official with the national network for environmental and natural resources organizations has said. Unfortunately, lack of supervision and protective measures is exacerbating the condition for Hyrcanian Forest, ISNA quoted Masoud Molana as saying on Saturday. - 7/8/19

UNESCO to assess Iran's Hyrcanian Forest for World Heritage

- On June 30, the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee kicked off in Baku, Azerbaijan, to assess 36 nominees, including Iran's Hyrcanian Forest, for possible inscription on the World Heritage list. Hyrcanian Forest (also known as Caspian Forest), extends from the south of Azerbaijan to about 900 km to the east to the Iranian northern provinces of Gilan, Mazandaran and Golestan. - 7/3/19

Persian Gulf Escalation Threatens Drinking Water

- The Persian Gulf is one of the most populous and environmentally-sensitive regions in the world. Consequently, it is no surprise that Gulf states are increasingly dependent on desalination for their drinking water. But that dependence carries severe risks in a region as volatile as the Gulf has been, especially in light of recent tensions between the United States and Iran. -Najmedin Meshkati - 6/27/19

Three Persian leopards, one cheetah spotted in Semnan, Iran

- Three Persian leopards and an Asiatic cheetah have been spotted in Khar Turan National Park of Shahroud, Semnan province, a senior official at the Department of Environment (DOE) said. Amir Abdoos, director of Semnan's DOE office, said the three mature leopards were spotted by the trap cameras while approaching the protected zones in search of water. -Mehr - 5/27/19

Return To Motherland: Asiatic lion returns to Iran after 80 years

- Tehran Zoological Garden, also known as Eram Zoo, will be home to Asiatic lion, which was extinct in the country for almost 80 years, a veterinarian at Eram Zoo has said. According to Iman Memarian the last remaining Asiatic lion was sighted about 80 years ago in Iran. He went on to explain that before and after the Islamic Revolution (1979) Iran made attempts to bring back Asiatic lion to Iran, but Indians did not cooperate. - 5/2/19

Locusts Hit Iran's Southern Provinces

- Iranian Plant Protection Organization (IPPO) warned on Thursday, April 18, that if the necessary budget for fighting desert locusts is not provided within two weeks, nothing could be done, and a locust breakout turns into a new crisis, alongside the flash floods. -Radio Farda - 4/22/19

12 Conservationists Detained Without Counsel in Iran's Kurdistan Province

- Twelve of the 20 environmental conservationists arrested in Iran's Kurdistan Province in January and February 2019 remain in detention centers run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence in the city of Sanandaj, the provincial capital, without access to legal counsel. - 4/19/19

University Of Tehran Conference To Discuss Role Of Technology In Natural Disasters Relief

- The University of Tehran's science and technology park will host a conference on the role of technology in natural disasters relief on May 1, ISNA reported. The establishment of relief startup network, the role of science and technology parks and universities in natural disaster will be discussed during the conference and some new emerging technologies will be introduced during the event. - 4/18/19

5 provinces in Iran remain under flood warning as death toll reaches 76

- Iranian officials are warning that even though floodwaters have been receding in most parts of the country, several provinces remain under a flood warning due to renewed heavy precipitation. Also on Sunday, the country's Forensic Medicine Organization increased the death toll from the ongoing floods to 76. Most recently, the organization said, flooding claimed the lives of five people in Khuzestan Province and left a sixth person dead in the western Province of Ilam. - 4/14/19

Iran Orders Evacuations In Flood-Hit City Of Ahvaz

- Iranian authorities have ordered residents of five districts of the southwestern city of Ahvaz to evacuate, as floodwaters entered Khuzestan Province's capital, local media report. Provincial Governor Gholamreza Shariati said on April 10 that the evacuation order was a "precautionary and preventive move to avert any danger," according to the semiofficial Tasnim news agency. - 4/11/19

Leonardo DiCaprio Again Appeals For Release Of Iranian Ecologists

- Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has once again defended eight Iranian environmentalists who have been in detention for more than a year, charged with vague accusations. Last February, DiCaprio called for international support and circulated a petition for the release of the Iranian environmentalists who were arrested by the intelligence organization of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, IRGC. -Radio Farda - 4/11/19

Mud left behind after flooding increases risks of SDSs in Iran's Khuzestan province

- Ali Moridi, head of soil and water office at the Department of Environment (DOE), warned that the recent flood hitting the southwestern province of Khuzestan carried huge sediment loads which could turn into new sand and dust storm (SDS) hotspots after being dried. - 4/10/19

Flood destroys 77 schools in Iran

- At least a total number of 77 schools were destroyed due to devastating floods in various provinces across Iran, a non-governmental organization said on Monday. Out of the 77 destroyed schools, 55 were in Lorestan Province in central west of Iran and 22 were in Golestan north of the country, according to Mehr Giti that has conducted an assessment in affected regions in Iran. - 4/9/19

Floods Continue To Inflict Damage In Iran As More Rains Expected

- Less precipitation in Iran's flood-hit parts in the past two days has enabled rescue workers to have access to some parts of Lorestan province, particularly in the cities of Pol-e Dokhtar and Mamoulan, where thousands of people are marooned. Meanwhile, Iran Meteorological Organization (IRMO) says a new wet front is going to hit Iran, save its southeastern parts, in the next 48 hours. - 4/5/19

Thousands Of Homes Destroyed In Iran As Deadly Floods Spread

- An Iranian state-linked charity says more than 25,000 homes have been destroyed in flash floods across Iran amid what authorities said were the heaviest rains recorded in the past decade. Thousands of people from scores of villages and towns have been evacuated across the country as forecasters predicted more heavy rains in the next two days. - 4/2/19

PHOTOS: Gomishan and Aqqala in northern Iran surrounded by flood water

- The Gomishan and Aqqala counties in northern province of Golestan have been severely affected by recent flash floods and people have to travel around the surrounding areas by boats these days. -Raheleh Hessari, Mehr - 4/1/19

Emergency state declared in Iran's Khuzestan province amid flooding fears

- A state of emergency has been declared in the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan amid threats of fresh flooding. Khuzestan's Governor-General Qolam-Reza Shariati said the emergency was announced after weather forecasts showed that the provinces north of Khuzestan north were to witness heavy downpours over the next 24 hours, leading to heavy amounts of water moving downstream into Khuzestan and potentially causing rivers there to overflow their banks. - 3/31/19

Iran's President Rouhani In Oil-Rich Province As Two Dams And Cities Threatened By Floods

- Iranian officials have warned that two dams in southwestern Iran are reaching their limits and face a crisis, as several cities in the region can be inundated by floods on Friday. Water and electricity authority in the oil-rich Khuzestan province warned March 28 that 18 villages on the path of water near Dez dam, 33 villages and three cities in Karkheh dam region and 18 villages on the banks of the Karun river must be ready for emergency evacuation. -Radio Farda - 3/29/19

Ahmad Reza Jalali, Scientist On Death Row In Iran, Speaks To Radio Farda On Floods

- While Iran is struggling with its flood crisis, a top expert who is on death row told Radio Farda from Iran's notorious Evin prison that authorities should strengthen the country's early warning system. Radio Farda interviewed Ahmad Reza Jalali (Djalali), a Swedish- Iranian dual national who is facing the death sentence on charges of "Enmity with God through espionage." - 3/28/19

Flooding Across Iran Kills 25; Relief Efforts Continue

- Heavy downpours and flash floods continue to batter several provinces across Iran but the extreme weather conditions are forecasted to briefly subside later on Wednesday, before another major system brings further precipitation to the country in the next few days. - 3/27/19

Floods Threaten Iran's Ancient Relics As Cracks On Historic Walls Widen

- Some of Iran's age-old cultural heritage sites have been reportedly damaged as a result of heavy rainfall and extreme weather during recent days. Reports from Iran say some ancient relics have also been affected by floods in various parts of Iran. -Radio Farda - 3/27/19

Iran VP Warns Of Flood Danger To Tehran, Urges Protecting The City 'With All Our Existence'

- Iran's Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri has announced that heavy rains are expected in the capital and "tonight we must protect Tehran with all our existence". At a meeting of Emergency Management Staff in the evening of March 25, Jahangiri said that weather forecast services have predicted strong rain in Tehran and he added it is better to prepare for the worst. - 3/26/19

Flash Floods Wreak Havoc In Northern Iran

- The water is subsiding in flood-hit Golestan and Mazandaran provinces in northern Iran, local news outlets reported on March 23, as dozens of cities and villages have suffered from the heavy rains. The Iran Meteorological Organization (IRMO) warned that some areas in the west and southwest of the country were also being threatened by freezing temperatures and flash floods. Torrential rains over the past three days have destroyed residential areas and infrastructure in Golestan and Mazandaran, which are located along the Caspian Sea. -RFE/RL - 3/24/19

Iran's Meteorological Organization projects normal water year

- Iran's Meteorological Organization (IMO) predicted normal conditions for the next water year (starting on September 23) in the country. In a press conference, the new director of IMO, Sahar Tajbakhsh, explained that since the beginning of the current water year (September 23, 2018) the precipitation rate has increased by 17.6 percent compared to long-term averages, so it is predicted that the current desirable conditions will last in the spring as precipitations levels will hit normal and above normal levels. -Maryam Qarehgozlou, Tehran Times - 3/19/19

Will endangered Kaiser's mountain newt survive people's hankering for variety in Norooz?

- Kaiser's mountain newt, the world's most attractive salamander species, confined to western Iran, is driven on the brink of extinction due to habitat degradation as well as uncontrolled overharvesting for national and international pet trade which pace up near the Iranian New Year celebration (Norooz, starting on March 21). -Faranak Bakhtiari - 3/12/19

Geologist Says The Ground Is Sinking In 300 Regions Of Iran

- The head of Iran's Geological Agency says that in 300 plains in Iran the earth is sinking and huge sinkholes are appearing. Alireza Shahidi says that the capital city Tehran is sinking 35 centimeters (more than a foot) a year, ISNA reports. -Radio Farda - 3/7/19

Dubious Caspian Sea Water Transfer Project Moving Ahead In Iran

- A highly controversial proposal to transfer water from the Caspian Sea to the parched inland province of Semnan has reportedly been approved by Iran's parliament, much to the chagrin of environmentalists and coastal residents. -Radio Farda - 3/7/19

US-Based Environmentalist Detained in Iran's Kurdistan Province

- Environmentalist Afshin Sheikholeslami Vatani, a US permanent resident, was arrested on February 17, 2019, at his father's home in the city of Sanandaj, the capital of Iran's Kurdistan Province, a month after returning to the country from the United States, his sister informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 3/5/19

Two Persian Leopard Cubs Found Dead In Southwestern Iran

- Two Persian leopard cubs have been found dead in Choram county located in the southwestern province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, the provincial department of environment (DOE) chief has said. "A group of locals reported the department of environment that two carcasses of leopards with their hands cut off have been spotted," Mehr quoted Mohsen Jafari Bastami as saying on Friday. -Tehran Times - 3/3/19

Iranian photographer Jalal Shamsazaran wins Environmental Vision Award at Pictures of the Year Competition

- Iranian photographer Jalal Shamsazaran has won the Environmental Vision Award at the 76th Pictures of the Year International Competition (ROY) in the U.S. Shamsazaran received the award for his collection "The Wind Will Take Us Away", which covers the ongoing drought and mismanagement of the crisis in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, the organizers announced last week. - 2/24/19

Natural mating raises hope for Persian leopard conservation

- Two Persian leopards mated naturally for the first time at Tehran Zoological Garden on Wednesday and will breed by the next 100 days in case of reproductive success. Given that Kija, the female leopard, and Gaspar, the male one, are both healthy, there is a very high chance of achieving a live birth within less than 4 months. - 2/24/19

PHOTOS: A Persian Leopard Undergoes Artificial Insemination In Tehran

- For the first time a Persian leopard was artificially inseminated at the Tehran Zoological Garden on Thursday morning. German experts lent a hand in implementing the artificial insemination techniques. - 2/8/19

Iranian MPs Ask Rouhani To Pay Attention To Ecologists Facing Harsh Punishment

- Several members of the Iranian Parliament (Majles) have called on President Hassan Rouhani to pay attention to the situation of eight detained ecologists, the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported on Monday. The environmentalists have been under "temporary arrest" by the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for longer than a year now. - 2/5/19

Ex-Iranian Official Blasts World's Silence As Eight Conservationists Go On Trial In Iran

- A former Iranian deputy environment chief is criticizing the global environmental community's lack of public advocacy on behalf of eight jailed Iranian conservationists whose trial began in Tehran this week. Kaveh Madani, an American-educated water management expert, served as deputy head of Iran's Department of Environment from September 2017 until April 2018, when he fled the country under verbal attack from conservatives who accused him of spying under cover of environmental activism. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 2/3/19

Eight Conservationists Tried in Iran on Basis of Retracted False "Confessions"

- In their first trial session since being detained in Iran one year ago, eight conservationists learned today that the first half of their indictment is based on one detainee's retracted forced "confessions." Part of the 300-page indictment was read today to defendants Houman Jowkar, Taher Ghadirian, Morad Tahbaz, Sepideh Kashani, Niloufar Bayani, Amir Hossein Khaleghi, Sam Rajabi and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh in their closed-door trial on January 30, 2019, at Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Abolqasem Salavati. -CHRI - 1/31/19

PHOTOS: Euphoria in Isfahan as water flows into Zayanderud river

- With water is released into Zayanderud river in central province of Isfahan, the citizens are exhilarated by seeing the river alive again. Water has filled the area once again bringing back the glory to the area, and people have gathered around it to take pictures as the river will be alive only for 20 days. - 1/30/19

International conference on achieving 'sustainable cities' held in Yazd, Iran

- The International Conference of Sustainable Cities and the 19th Energy Globe World Award started in the city of Yazd, central Iran, on Monday and will continue through Tuesday (Jan. 28-29). The two-day event has gathered the leading mayors and municipality experts from around the world to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of sustainable cities. - 1/29/19

Iran's DOE builds underpass to avoid Asiatic cheetah road crash deaths

- In an attempt to provide a safe place for the few surviving Asiatic cheetahs, Iran's Department of Environment (DOE) has constructed an underground passage stretching to 8 kilometers along Abbasabad road in central province of Semnan, Rajab Ali Karegar, the Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah (CACP) project deputy director has said. - 1/28/19

Viral 10-year challenge reveals effects on Iran's environment

- Environmentalists took up the 10-year challenge on social media, posting photos of the lakes and wetlands drying up across the country, to raise awareness about the devastating impact of climate change on the environment in Iran, Mehr reported on Saturday. -Tehran Times - 1/24/19

Iranian Officials Warn Of Desertification

- Increase in the volume of desertification and reduction of vegetation, combined with other problematic factors, have led to the invasion of haze in most provinces in Iran. Eight million hectares, out of 35 million hectares of deserts across the country, are threatened by dust storms, turning them into the centers of wind erosion, the official news agency (IRNA) reported on Monday, January 14. -Radio Farda - 1/17/19

National plan for safeguarding Caspian seal drafted in Iran

- Caspian seal, the sole marine mammal inhabiting the Caspian Sea, is endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), as recently demonstrated to have declined by more than 90 percent since the start of the 20th century. - 1/14/19

As Mystery Foul Odor Engulfs Tehran, Investigations Are Underway

- Hours after Tehran was engulfed by an "obnoxious smell" its source still remains a mystery. An expert team has been set up to find the source of an unpleasant smell which started bothering the citizens of the Iranian capital on Wednesday evening, an official with the Environment Department of Tehran Province announced. -Radio Farda - 1/3/19

Bike sharing program to develop in Tehran: Mayor Pirouz Hanachi

- Bicycle sharing program will be developed in the capital city of Tehran in a bid to reduce air pollution, Tehran Mayor Pirouz Hanachi said on Tuesday. Developing the bike sharing program as well as public transportation would play a key role in cutting air pollution as well as diseases [linked to physical inactivity] in the capital, IRNA news agency quoted Hanachi as saying. -Tehran Times - 1/3/19

Makhmal Kuh: rugged, towering mountain of "velvet" in Lorestan, Iran

- Makhmal Kuh, literary meaning velvet mountain, is an eye-catching and popular mount that dominates Khorramabad, the capital of Lorestan province, western Iran. The name "velvet" comes from what the natural scenery induces its passersby to think about, "A foothill beneath velvet blankets"! -Ali Karimi, IRNA - 12/24/18

Fertile Soil Being Smuggled Out Of Iran On Large Scale

- For the first time, an Iranian environmental official has admitted that fertile soil from farms and pastures is being smuggled abroad. The director-general of the Department of Environment's (DoE) Office of Water and Soil in Iran, Ali Moridi however insists that the smuggling is relatively controlled. -Radio Farda - 12/18/18

Europeans lead travelers to Shahdad desert in Kerman, Iran

- Europeans have constituted the highest number of arrivals in Iran's Shahdad desert since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21), ISNA reported. Shahdad - a major part of the Lut desert in southeastern Kerman province - is home to massive sand pyramids created by wind and water. The "Lut" plain is a natural landscape of Iran which is a UNESCO registered site. -Tehran Times - 12/16/18

Pak Charkh (Clean Wheel): Bike-sharing scheme gets underway in Tehran

- Bike-sharing scheme, proposed by an Iranian startup through a system based on Internet of Things (IoT), has started to be implemented in the capital, YJC reported on Wednesday. Some 500 bikes are currently provided for use in district 2 of the city, the head of board of directors of Pak Charkh Iranian Company, Hossein Qasemi, announced. (Pak Charkh is Persian for Clean Wheel) - 12/12/18

Iranian MPs From Caspian Sea Coast Vow To Stop Water Transfer Project

- Several MPs from the Mazandaran province on the Caspian Sea in northern Iran have denounced President Hassan Rouhani's recent decision to transfer water from the Caspian Sea to the parched province of Semnan as "unscientific" and "impractical," with irrevocably damaging consequences for the region's ecology and economy. -Radio Farda - 12/6/18

Tehran Air Quality Reaches Unhealthy Levels

- Tehran's Air Quality Index (AQI), exceeding 150 microgram per cubic meter, has been unhealthy at nine meteorological stations across the city, spokeswoman for Tehran Air Quality Control Company has said. It is anticipated that the pollution level will increase in all parts of the capital within next hours, Fars quoted Leila Nazari as saying on Wednesday. - 12/6/18

Siberian crane 'Omid' returns to Iran, brings hope

- While there were growing speculations among environmental lovers as to whether the Siberian crane 'Omid' (literally meaning hope in Persian) will wing his way back to Iran or not, the crane returned to spend the winter in Fereydunkenar, northern province of Mazandaran, once again 10 days ago. -Tehran Times - 12/3/18

Over 700 injured after magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits western Iran

- A powerful quake measuring 6.4 on Richter scale shook the western province of Kermanshah late on Sunday night, leaving some 729 injured. According to Mehr news agency, so far no deaths are reported, but the largest number of injured pertains to the city of Sarpol-e Zahab. -Tehran Times - 11/26/18

Researchers Investigating Mysterious Flood At Base Of Iran Volcano Mount Damavand

- French and Iranian researchers have teamed up to find out what triggered the mysterious recent flash flood in Gazanak village at the foot of mount Damavand, 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of the capital, Tehran. At 5,610 meters (roughly 18,400 feet) above sea level, Damavand is the highest peak in the Middle East and the highest volcano in Asia. -Radio Farda - 11/26/18

IRAN: Drought, Climate Change Drive Migration To Already Parched Mazandaran Province

- The director general of the Meteorological Organization of Mazandaran province in northern Iran says widespread drought in the country is driving migration to his province as farmers look for land with a more plentiful water supply, but Mazandaran is itself now struggling with a water shortage. -Radio Farda - 11/21/18

Precipitation reaches record high in the capital city Tehran

- Rain set a record high in Iran's capital city Tehran on Monday, constituting 10 percent of the annual precipitation in the city, Tasnim news agency reported. With 20 millimeters of rain on Monday, Tehran surpassed the northern rainy city of Rasht in precipitation amount. -Tehran Times - 11/20/18



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