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Water Shortage Arrives In Tehran: Khamenei Authorizes Use of 10 Billion Dollars

- Following reports of heightened shortage of water in Iran in recent months, a newly released report indicates that in addition to the 13 large cities that now have a water crisis at their hands, two major dams, Lar and Latian to east of and close to Tehran, have dried up compounding the problem. - 9/22/14

Iranian Cabinet Appeals For Cut In Water Consumption

- The Iranian cabinet has expressed concern regarding the country's water shortage and made a serious appeal to the public to reduce water consumption, especially in the capital of Tehran. While the water shortage has been an ongoing problem, a severe decline in precipitation this year has made things worse, with two major dams running dry. - 9/19/14

Photos: Fire Engulfs Ashuradeh, The Sole Iranian Island In Caspian Sea

- Ashuradeh, the only Iranian island in Caspian Sea, has suffered great damage after it was engulfed by a devastating fire on Tuesday. About 100 hectares of grasslands and woods on the island were burned in the fire. - 9/17/14

Iran to scrap 400,000 cars to ease pollution

- The Iranian government has announced plans to take up to 400,000 vehicles that don't meet emission standards off the roads by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, in a bid to reduce the country's air pollution problems. - 9/16/14

Iran: Water supply reduced for agriculture sector

- Iran's Ministry of Agriculture has announced that beginning in October of this year, the water allotted to agricultural developments will be reduced by almost 50 percent in accordance with a proposal by the Department of Environment. ISNA reports that according to top ministry official Mohammad Hossein Shariatmadar, the plan is meant to counter the country's critical water shortage. - 9/7/14

Quake Hits City Of Shiraz In Southern Iran

- An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale hit the city of Shiraz in Fars province, southern Iran, on Friday morning. The Seismological center of Fars province affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 04:21 hours local time. - 9/5/14

Desert forms around Iran's large, drying Lake Urmia

- About 300 hectares of new desert has formed around Lake Urmia as a result of the lake's rapid drying, and the resulting salt storms have become a serious threat to people living in the region. Forestry authorities say at least 10 percent of these deserts must be immediately replenished. - 9/4/14

Former Iranian Oil Minister Summoned Over "Unhealthy Gasoline"

- Massoud MirKazemi, who was oil minister from 2009 to 2011, is being accused of "acting against public health and well-being." The report indicates that representatives from the Ministry of Health and the Department of the Environment have been enlisted to investigate the charge. - 9/2/14

Who is failing Iran's forests, Environment Department or Parliament?

- This spring flames of fire soared higher than ever in the forests and rangeland of Iran. Golestan National Park caught fire a number of times burning down or severely damaging over 1000 hectares of the trees. The situation begs the question who is responsible for putting out and preventing these raging flames? - 8/31/14

Iranian poacher selling leopard skin gets tough sentence

- A poacher in Northern Khorasan, who was arrested while selling leopard skin, has been sentenced to three years in jail. IRNA reports that the leopard was hunted down last winter in a protected area. - 8/30/14

Another rare deer killed under protection in Lorestan, Iran

- An unknown assailant has shot and killed a rare yellow deer being kept in the Khoramabad Zoo. The head of Iran's Environment and Wildlife Watch reported on August 24 that the deer died from a shot to its shoulder despite efforts by zoo officials to save it. - 8/26/14

Why UNESCO recognition eludes Iran's Mount Damavand

- Iranian nature lovers must delay their hopes of having Mount Damavand, one of the country's most distinctive features, recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The head of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization says the registration of Mount Damavand on the Natural and Cultural World Heritage list will not be possible unless several government bodies collaborate on the project. - 8/25/14

Wind Storm kills five in Khuzestan, Iran

- Severe winds in Khuzestan Province in southwestern Iran have killed five and injured 35. The head of Provincial Crisis Management reported to IRNA on Thursday August 21 that one person in Andimeshk, one in Baghmalek and three more in Dezfool were killed under toppled walls and trees or by falling from heights. - 8/22/14

Strong Quake Hits Western Iran, 250 Injured

- The number of people wounded in the 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Abdanan, in this western province, Monday morning has risen to 250, latest reports said. The strong tremor hit three western and southwestern provinces of Ilam, Lorestan and Khuzestan at 07:02 hours local time (0232 GMT) and was also felt in the neighboring provinces. - 8/18/14

Vital Tehran dams on the verge of running dry

- Tehran Province's waterworks department reports that most important dams in the province will run out of water in 37 days. At least 12 large cities in the country are faced with serious water shortages, which means 23 million people will have to face the consequences. - 8/17/14

Photos: Abandoned Leopard Cubs

- Two leopard cubs are being fed and taken care of by the personnel at the environmental office of the Golestan province in the city of Kordkoy in northern Iran. The playful cubs were abandoned outside that office a few days ago by unidentified people. - 8/9/14

A Pipeline From A Land Of Water To A Land Of Oil

- Iran is looking for more water and some Iranian officials believe the place to get it is from Tajikistan. The problem is how to get the water from Tajikistan's mountains to Iran, several hundred kilometers away. -RFE - 8/9/14

Spreading Decline of Zagros Oak Forests in Iran

- Decline and destruction of Zagros oak forests has been accelerating at a rapid pace in the past five years and despite many warnings, no solution has been so far implemented to protect these highly valuable natural resources. While numerous meetings and seminars at taking place on this issue, an unknown pestilence is progreesively drying out the entire oak forests of Zagros. - 7/31/14

Iran Forest Fires Up By 40 Percent

- The head of Iran's Forest Protection Unit says the incidence of forest fires rose by an unprecedented 40 percent in the past year due to "excessive heat and droughts." - 7/26/14

Iranian Satellite Jamming Causes Storm Of Controversy

- The Iranian regime has long used signal jamming to disrupt the flow of information into the Islamic republic, but it couldn't have forecast the strategy's deadly consequences. Satellite-jamming technology is being blamed for disrupting Iran's ability to predict a major dust storm that hit Tehran in June, killing five people. - 7/24/14

Iranian Minister Announces Reversal Of Water-Rationing Plan

- Iran's Minister of Power has announced that the plan to ration water in Tehran and other large cities throughout the country has been dropped. Earlier, the Iran Water and Sewage Company had announced that water must be rationed across the country, saying 517 cities are now facing a water crisis. - 7/13/14

Suspicious forest fires in Iran give poachers cover

- A number of suspicious fires have burned hundreds of acres of Iran's Golestan National Park in recent days. The last of these incidents occurred on Tuesday July 8 and affected more than 400 acres of Golestan National Park's forests. - 7/11/14

Iran's Khar Turan 2nd largest biosphere reserve in world

- The national park of Khar Turan, located southeast of the Iranian city of Shahrud, is believed to be the second largest biosphere reserve in the world. Khar Turan national park, with an area of around 1.5 million hectares, is the world's second largest biosphere reserve after Africa's Serengeti, says the park's Chief Ranger Ali Akbar Ghorbanloo. - 7/8/14

Urmia Lake Restoration Committee announces 10-year restoration plan

- The committee has prepared a 10-year plan to restore the Lake Urmia. Davoud Reza Arab, who was speaking in the 2nd press conference of the ULRC today, told the press that the committee had prepared a 9-year plan to restore the lake, with 2023 being the year when the lake would have been completely restored. - 7/6/14

Mining in southern Tehran adds to pollution in capital

- The over-exploitation of construction material mines in southern Tehran has become a source of dust particles, adding to air pollution problems in the Iranian capital. - 7/5/14

Iran: Kazeroon Forest Fire Still Out Of Control

- One hundred hectares of meadow and forest in Kazeroon in Fars Province have burnt down in a fire that started on Tuesday July 1. IRNA reports that the fire started on Tuesday and, according to Natural Resources officials in the province, high winds on Wednesday spread the fires further, complicating the task of extinguishing them. - 7/4/14

U.S. company to invest over $1.1B in Iranian waste-to-energy project

- The U.S. company World Eco Energy plans to invest $1.175 billion in a project in Iran's southwestern province of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari to generate electricity from solid waste. Local companies will invest the same amount of money in the project. - 7/3/14

Iran's water crisis the product of decades of bad planning

- Iran is headed for a water shortage of epic proportions, and little is being done to reverse a decades-long trend that has reduced the country's water supply to crisis levels. -Jason Rezaian, Washington Post - 7/2/14

Government ready to spend as much as necessary to save Lake Urmia: President Rouhani

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told the Working Committee to Save Lake Urmia to carry out comprehensive studies to facilitate the speedy implementation of its task and to reduce any negative consequences that may arise in the process of the work. - 6/30/14

Iran's Eastern Azerbaijan province responds to critical shortages

- The governor of Eastern Azerbaijan announced on Saturday night that the province's water and power supply are in a critical state, and until the situation returns to normal, the provincial Crisis Management Base will take over the administration of affairs. - 6/29/14

Iran: Water shortage forces rationing in Karaj

- Following the announcement of water shortages in 12 large Iranian cities, water rationing has begun in Karaj. Officials in Alborz Province have announced that with the start of the warm season and a rise in water consumption, they have had to shut off the water supply or reduce pressure in some areas of Karaj. - 6/26/14

Pollution puts Anzali Lagoon on blacklist

- Anzali Lagoon in northern Iran is now on the Ramsar Environmental Blacklist due to the increase in the amount of industrial, agricultural and household waste present in the body of water, says the Gilan Department of the Environment. - 6/17/14

Drying Iranian lake gets some water but funds are short

- Iran's Minister of Power announced on Sunday that his ministry has already begun the process of transferring water to rapidly drying Lake Oroumiyeh but he added that the government faces a shortage of funds in this regard. - 6/16/14

Iranian city of Zabol shrouded in darkness by sandstorm

- A sandstorm covered the city of Zabol in southeastern Iran in darkness on Saturday June 15 with winds reaching 45 kilometres per hour and heavily restricting visibility. ILNA reports that on Saturday, it was as if the sun did not rise on Zabol, as the city was shrouded in dust and particles throughout the day. - 6/15/14

Iranian Activists Arrested For Protests Over Dying Lake

- A number activists were arrested in Tabriz and Oroumiyeh by morality police, according to various local media reports. Photographs have been posted on social media showing protesters denouncing "negligent officials" for failing to save the lake, which is rapidly drying out. Protesters called for "the breaking of dams to fill up Lake Oroumiyeh." - 6/12/14

Cheetah on the jersey of Iranian players in World Cup is a victory: Ebtekar

- Masoumeh Ebtekar, the head of Iran's Environmental Protection Organization, said on Monday that Asiatic cheetah designed on Iran national football team players' jerseys carries a powerful message that regardless of the FIFA World Cup results is a win in its own way. - 6/11/14

Directors quit Tehran weather office over criticism

- Three directors of the Tehran Meteorology Organization have resigned, one week after residents were caught off guard by a storm that ravaged the city. Winds were said to have reached 118 kilometres per hour in Tehran, leading to five deaths and many injuries. - 6/11/14

New Book: Earthquakes and Coseismic Surface Faulting on the Iranian Plateau

- A comprehensive and well-illustrated multi-disciplinary research work that analyzes the human and physical aspects of the active faults and large-magnitude earthquakes since ancient times on the Iranian Plateau. - 6/10/14

Environment week sees 40 Iranian hunters swear off hunting

- Forty hunters in Mazandaran Province took part in Environment Week by taking an oath to give up hunting and guns. IRNA reports that the hunters expressed remorse for hurting nature and they signed a promise and recited an oath never to take up a gun or go hunting. - 6/9/14

Photos: Another storm batters Tehran but claims no lives

- Tehran has been hit by a second severe storm on Friday afternoon, with gusting winds lifting garbage bins into the air and heavy dust overwhelming the city skies. The storm originated in Qazvin and entered Tehran from the western edges of the city after passing through Alborz Province. - 6/7/14

Azerbaijan's Plans for Nuclear Power Raise Concerns

- At first glance, it doesn't add up; why is Azerbaijan, a country brimming with oil and gas, interested in developing nuclear power capacity? It's a question befuddling local experts and environmental activists in Baku. But the questions don't stop there. -Shahin Abbasov - 6/5/14

Tehran council demands answers after violent storm

- Tehran City Council members have criticized Crisis Management in connection with the severe storm that struck the capital on Monday June 2. The head of Tehran Safety for City Council said the Crisis Management administration needs to explain why a 25-minute storm led to the death of five people and caused 350 serious incidents across the capital. - 6/4/14

Photos: Tehran Mega Storm Kills 5, Injures Over 30

- A rare mega storm has roared into the Iranian capital city, Tehran, and its suburbs, killing at least five and wounding 30 people. The storm unleashed winds gusting to nearly 120 km/h at around 17:15 local time (1245 GMT) on Monday. - 6/3/14

President Rouhani says his administration prioritizes protection of the environment

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that his administration prioritizes the protection of environment and providing people with a healthy life. He made the remarks while addressing a gathering of environmental activists and NGOs in Tehran on Saturday, days close to the World Environment Day on June 5. - 6/2/14

Iran students gear up solar car for US challenge

- Clouds may still linger over relations between Washington and Tehran, but that's not stopping a group of Iranian students and their teachers from gearing up for a summer road trip through the American heartland. -Nasser Karimi, AP - 5/26/14

Iranian Police, Security Forces Violently End River Demonstration

- A human chain of more than 500 people along the Zayandeh River in Isfahan was violently broken up by police and plainclothes forces. The local website Saheb News reports that protesters were quickly swarmed by officers and forced to leave the area. The report adds that at least two people were injured and seven to 10 were arrested. - 5/25/14

Tehran's improved air quality linked to better gasoline

- Yousef Rashidi, the head of the Air and Climate Division of Iran's Department of Environmental Protection, reported that in an unprecedented trend, Tehran's air quality has not reached unhealthy levels in the past two months. - 5/23/14

Iranian Environmental Activists Oppose Pro-Hunting Folk Songs

- A number of environmental groups are protesting the promotion of hunting in a folk music album recently released in Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiyari Province. Kor Sayyad or "Hunter's son", an album of folk songs by Ali Ahmadpour, presents lyrics describing and promoting the hunting of animals, according to environmental activist groups. - 5/21/14

Water Crisis Looms In Iran

- Negin (not her real name) is doing her part to avert a major water shortage in Tehran this summer. The 35-year-old mother of two is taking official calls to be economical when it comes to water use -- and warnings that supplies in the Iranian capital could be restricted if the calls are not heeded -- very seriously. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 5/20/14

The Biggest Mideast Crisis You Probably Don't Know Enough About

- The Middle East's seemingly endless conflicts are diverting attention and resources from a graver long-term threat that threatens the whole region, the growing scarcity of water, and the situation will get worse before it gets better - if it ever does get better. -Tom Lippman - 5/20/14

Iran's environment department halts hotel development

- A court order requested by Iran's Department of the Environment has halted a large hotel development in Arina on the banks of the Jajrood River in Tehran Province. The five-star hotel has been under construction on a road between Tehran and Fasham, metres from the Jajrood River. - 5/16/14

Kermanshahi Bear euthanized for 'tens of shells' in its body

- Veterinarians in Tehran University Veterinary School euthanized a bear diagnosed for being targeted with more than 100 bullets shot by hunters. The bear was reportedly noticed by local pastors in rural setting in Eslamabad Gharb of Kermanshah, a western province of Iran. - 5/15/14

Iran's Yazd province hit with water supply shutdown

- Mohammad Hossein Emami, the head of Yazd province Crisis Management, reported that the water supply has been cut off in nine cities and towns in the province. The report on Yazdi News indicates that the municipal water supply is usually provided by transfer from other areas and a fall in precipitation in the region has caused the complete water shutdown. - 5/9/14

Defenders of Iran's natural caves raise alarm

- The growth of Iranian tourism has resulted in the deterioration of a number of Iran's natural and pristine caves. The head of Iran's Association of Caves and Speleology criticized the management of these natural resources, saying: "It is regrettable that they have taken urban facilities into the caves and destroyed the natural space and the condition of these caves." - 5/8/14

Scientists to delve into Iran's weather of one million years ago

- Javad Nezamdoust told Mehr News that a group of geologists from University of Oxford would launch an examination of stalactite and stalagmite in cooperation of Iranian cave explorers to find the weather quality and precipitation patterns of Iran. - 5/7/14

Iran's petrochemical gasoline linked to cancer

- Iran's Department of the Environment has published a report confirming gasoline produced at petrochemical refineries "causes cancer." The Shargh daily reports that the statement says: "To combat sanctions and provide for the country's gasoline needs, the former administration began a rushed effort to produce petrochemical gasoline without a long-term plan." - 5/2/14

Photos: Public co-operation helps bring dried Iranian lake to life

- Abundant rainfall in Southeastern Iran has brought water back to Lake Hamoun after 15 years of dryness. Local people celebrated the event in and around the lake. With the rise of floods, the Sistan-Baluchistan Department of the Environment enlisted public assistance and began efforts to facilitate greater water accumulation in the lake. - 5/1/14

Photos: Rare whale found dead on Persian Gulf shore

- The carcass of a rare whale has washed up on the coast of Deylam in Bushehr Province. The head of the Department of the Environment in the region said the 14-metre-long whale washed up near Lilitin village, IRNA reports. - 5/1/14

Iranian zoo faces prosecution by government over chained captive bear

- The environmental authorities of Iran have sued a zoo for keeping animals in poor conditions, particularly for chaining a bear to a post. Iran's environment department said on Wednesday it had inspected Babolsar's zoo, in the northern province of Mazandaran, and was pursuing a legal case following complaints by the public over the mistreatment of animals held there. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian - 5/1/14

Smugglers, shipwrecks threaten condition of Persian Gulf waters

- Fuel smugglers are among the main polluters of Persian Gulf waters. According to Iran's Department of Environmental Protection, smugglers release more than five million litres of fuel into Persian Gulf waters each year. - 4/30/14

Iran's dust problem: potential causes and strategies

- Iranian officials have expressed hope that residents of the country's western provinces will have fewer problems with dust particles this year due to the heavy precipitation anticipated in Iraq. The observed environmental changes in Iran and neighbouring countries reduce the possibility of such optimism and appear to indicate that in the coming year and for at least a number of years to come, this unpleasant phenomenon will remain a part of people's lives in many regions of Iran. - 4/21/14

Iranian bird poacher's sentence is to study environment

- The head of the Fars Province Department of Environmental Protection reports that an illegal hunter who was caught hunting birds in the Parishan Wetlands of Kazeroon was ordered to prepare a research study about the environment of the region instead of being sent to jail. - 4/17/14

Environmental Awareness: Iranian students to draw the Asiatic cheetah

- Avicenna cultural center, Tehran Municipality, Ministry of Education local office Tehran and some NGOs will take part in the painting festival entitled "Asiatic cheetah, God's painting" and all elementary school students of Tehran will participate. - 4/16/14

Water shortages threaten Tehran, other cities

- Iran's Ministry of Power reports that Tehran is on the verge of a water shortage, saying: "Arak, Isfahan, Shiraz, Qazvin, Qom, Karaj, Kerman, Mashhad, Hamedan and Yazd are other cities that are now water-stressed." - 4/13/14

Poachers caught, punished for killing rare deer

- Five deer in the Dasht-e Qanat region of Bordsir in Kerman province were killed by poachers this spring. ISNA reports that a spokesman for the city's Department of the Environment said their rangers pursued the poachers and arrested one of them, who identified the other two, allowing their capture as well. - 4/12/14

Farmer hangs 6 foxes as scare tactic

- A farmer in the town of Sarbaz in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province in a ruthless act hanged 6 foxes. According to local sources, the farmer's intention was to scare other foxes and discourage them from attacking his chickens. - 4/9/14

Iranian Environmental Official Highlights Biggest Threat

- The head of Iran's Department of Environmental Protection, who has travelled to Japan to establish an environmental partnership between the two countries, says Iran's biggest environmental challenge is the decline in water resources. - 4/8/14

Iranian Parliament Website Declares Critical State Of Wetlands

- The report goes on to add that anywhere from 20 to 80 percent of Iran's 40 wetlands, have been dried out, and it names "industrial and residential development, power generation and unsustainable exploitation as top causes of their destruction." - 4/7/14

Iran's Water Crisis Threatens its Future

- A looming water crisis in Iran has officials warning of water rationing for the capital Tehran. The Mehr news agency quotes Khosro Erteghaei, the head of Tehran's regional water company as saying water levels at the four reservoirs that serve Tehran are at a critical level. He warns that if residents of Tehran and nearby provinces do not reduce their consumption "we will have a problem." -Maryam Manzoori, VOA - 4/6/14

Photos: Nakhcheer cave

- Nakhcheer or Chal-Nakhjir is a cave situated in Markazi Province of Iran. It is a limestone cave approximately 70 million years old. Parts of the cave including its internal lake have been prepared for easy tourist access. It was discovered in 1989 and registered as a national monument in 2001. Its interior is made of crystals, dolomite sediments,stalactites and stalagmites. - 4/4/14

Iran, Japan to expand cooperation in environment protection

- Head of Iranˈs Environment Protection Organization Masoumeh Ebtekar conferred on Thursday with Japanese minister of environment protection on expansion of cooperation between the two countries. - 4/4/14

Photos: Iranian celebrate Sizdah Bedar by spending time in nature

- People across Iran celebrated Sizdah-Bedar, the traditional Persian festival of nature, on Wednesday by spending time outdoor. Sizdah-Bedar, an ancient Iranian nature festival, is held on the 13th of Farvardin (first month in Iranian calendar) and marks the end of the Persian New Year (Norouz) celebrations. - 4/2/14

Thousands of Iranian travellers caught in snowstorms

- A new wave of cold and snow in various regions of Iran has stranded thousands of Norooz travellers on the road, and in one instance two people were killed due to landslides. Nine provinces in the north and northeast of the country have seen a sudden drop in temperature along with heavy snowfalls. - 4/2/14

Photos: Mother Winter wrestles with Amoo Norouz in Tabriz!

- On the 11th day of spring and Iranian New Year (Norouz), the city of Tabriz in East Azerbaijan province of Iran was caught offguard by a snowfall and had to wear white again! The Norouz decorations around the city were also given a white coat to remind the people that the Naneh Sarma (Mother Winter) wasn't quite ready to give up her rein to Amoo Norouz (Uncle Norouz) yet! - 4/1/14

Iranian School Curricula to Incorporate Environmental Awareness

- Teaching environmental concepts to students has never been implemented in a systematic and nationwide form in Iran. In recent years some limited efforts have been made in a number of schools which have been projects undertaken by volunteers through initiatives of particular principles, parent councils or teachers. - 3/31/14
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