Bahman 6 1398 - January 26 2020
All-out efforts underway to help flood-hit Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province

All the facilities and capacities of the country have been mobilized to assist people in the flood-stricken province of Sistan-Baluchestan, IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday. Unprecedented heavy rainfall which began on January 10 has led to flash flooding in the southeastern province, as 145 stations have recorded rainfall, 95 of which have reported receiving more than 50 mm of rain and 17 stations received some 100-200 mm. 1/14/20

Limited Damage Reported After Earthquake Hits Sangan In Northeastern Iran

A moderate earthquake has shaken northeastern Iran, near the border with Afghanistan. Morteza Salimi, head of rescue at Iran's Red Crescent, told state television on January 2 that there was little damage and no casualties. The earthquake measured 5.8 on the Richter scale and was centered on an area near the town of Sangan, which has a population of about 10,000, official media reported. 1/2/20

Air pollution choking Iranian cities: 14,000 hospital visits in 6 days!

Due to air pollution and increased particulate matters in provinces of Isfahan, Alborz, Tehran, Markazi, Qazvin, Qom, East Azarbaijan, West Azarbaijan, Khuzestan, and Yazd, 13,931 people referred to hospital emergency services throughout the country, of whom 8,547 were cardiac patients and 5,384 were respiratory patients, according to Mojtaba Khaledi, Emergency Medical Services Organization spokesman. 12/27/19

Quake With 5.1 Magnitude Shakes Iran Near Bushehr Nuclear Plant

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 has struck southern Iran near the Bushehr nuclear plant, U.S. and European experts say. The U.S. Geological Survey listed the quake as moderate, meaning that it can cause considerable damage, but Iranian state media said no damage was reported at the nuclear site early on December 27. -RFE/RL 12/27/19

Air Pollution Sends 2,400 People To Hospitals In Iran

The spokesman of Iran's Emergency Services Organization said December 23 that in the past 24 hours 2,426 people visited hospital emergency rooms. These were people with heart and respiratory diseases who are most vulnerable to air pollution. The spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi told the government news website IRNA that emergency cases were the highest in Tehran Province, with 1,209 people seeking help. -Radio Farda 12/24/19

Long bout of pollution expected in Tehran: Government dismisses fuel concerns

The Iranian capital Tehran and other large cities across the country are preparing for a full week of polluted days as the government insists gasoline pumped into the cars is low-emission and consistent with the latest European and international standards on environment protection. The official IRNA agency said that Air Quality Index (AQI), which quantifies the number of a tiny particulate matter in the air, stood at 119 on average for all neighborhoods of the metropolitan Tehran over 24-hour period ending 11:00 a.m. local time on Thursday. 12/21/19

PHOTOS: Artistic Fall-Leaf Art Event in Tehran

The third Artistic Fall-Leaf Art Event was held in Tehran's Mashq Square for December 14 to 16, in collaboration with the Alumni Association of the Tehran University of Art, Municipality Office of 12 District, and the Tehran Beautification Organization. -Honar Online 12/18/19

Blackout From Lightning Claims Four Lives In Iran's Flooded Khuzestan Province

A blackout caused by lightning and the failure of the hospital's emergency power system claimed the lives of four elderly women in the intensive care unit of Khomeini hospital of Ahvaz, the capital of the oil-rich Khuzestan Province. The women had been hospitalized for respiratory problems caused by air pollution, another problem the province has been plagued with. The emergency power system failed to work when a fuse was struck by lightning. 12/18/19

Rain Saved Tehran From Evacuation: Tehran Mayor

Referring to the unprecedented air pollution in the past few days the Mayor of Tehran on Tuesday said the capital would have had to be evacuated if it had not rained last night. Speaking at a meeting of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Pirouz Hanachi said the average concentration of hazardous airborne particles hit 200 micrograms per cubic meter on Monday night which is considered as "past the alert stage". -Radio Farda 12/18/19

Heavy Smog Forces Closure Of Schools In Iranian Capital

Heavy smog has caused Tehran officials to order the closure of dozens of schools and suspend outdoor sporting activities in the Iranian capital. The decision to shut schools was announced December 14 by deputy governor Mohammad Taghizadeh, after a meeting of an emergency committee on air pollution. 12/15/19

Jailed Under Lengthy Sentences, Iran's Conservationists Suffer Ongoing Rights Violations

Iranian authorities are refusing to transfer imprisoned conservationist Sam Rajabi to the hospital to treat a serious medical condition, and are continuing to hold three of his colleagues in solitary confinement without legal justification, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. "It appears that the authorities are punishing them for objecting to the [preliminary] court's decision and insisting that they had confessed under pressure and deception," said Tehran-based attorney Mohammad Hossein Aghasi in an interview with CHRI on December 11. -CHRI 12/13/19

Iran's Asiatic cheetahs Delbar and Kushki fail to reproduce in captivity

Two Asiatic cheetahs, kept in captivity at Tehran's Pardisan Park, have reached the bitter end because they have lost their ability to regenerate and should be returned to nature. Female Asiatic cheetah, Delbar, and the male one, Kushki have lived in the capital for the past few years. In 2015, the female Asiatic cheetah once became pregnant naturally but sadly lost her cub. 12/11/19

Mysterious Foul Odor In Tehran To Be Investigated But Jokes Abound

Tehran Mayor on Sunday said results of the investigation to find the source a foul odor periodically plaguing various areas of the capital since January have been sent to the Disaster Mitigation and Management Organization. In an interview with the state-run television (IRIB) last night the mayor Pirouz Hanachi said there is still no definite answer about the source of the obnoxious smell. -Radio Farda 12/9/19

International Cheetah Day: Running fast toward extinction

Asiatic cheetah, the planet's fastest mammal, are facing extinction as their population has dramatically shrank to less than 7,000 in the world over the past few years, with a small remaining population in Iran. The Iranian cheetah population seems to be in trouble; incidental killing of cheetahs by people or livestock guarding dogs, habitat fragmentation and loss of biological corridors and prey base depletion, mining activity and road construction were among the main factors that threatened the lives of these valuable species. 12/5/19

Heavy Air Pollution Shuts Schools, Universities In Parts Of Iran

Schools and universities have been shut in parts of Iran including the capital, Tehran, due to high levels of pollution, state media report. The decision to shut schools and universities in the capital on November 30 was announced late on November 29 by Deputy Governor Mohammad Taghizadeh, after a meeting of an emergency committee for air pollution. -RFE/RL 11/30/19

Did U.S. Billionaire Play Role in Iran Environmentalists' Imprisonment?

IN SEPTEMBER 2017, a group of Iranian environmentalists working on Asiatic cheetah preservation with the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation felt a pang of alarm. Thomas S. Kaplan, a billionaire precious metals investor then best known for his fine art collection, had just made a surprise public appearance in New York at the annual conference of United Against Nuclear Iran. The Iranian environmentalists were concerned because their group had gotten aid from one of Kaplan's nonpolitical charities. Now, he was speaking before a group that was extremely hostile to their country. -Murtaza Hussain, Intercept 11/28/19

Iran launches operation to seal an expanding oil leak off Persian Gulf rig

Iranian authorities say a major leak that has taken place off an oil rig in the Persian Gulf waters is being contained as they insist more work would be needed to stanch the expanding spill. Head of the local branch of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) in the southwestern province of Blushehr said on Tuesday that the leak had been spotted from an oil transfer pipeline connected to the Abuzar Oil Platform located around 13 kilometers off Kharg, the island from which Iran sells much of its crude. -Press TV 11/27/19

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

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