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Iranian designer chosen for one of a kind project: Eco Desert Retreat in UAE

- Baharash Architecture were recently tasked to design a luxury desert eco-retreat for one of Emirate's highest profile individuals. The eco retreat which is located in Liwa, in southern region of UAE, is designed to be in harmony with the pristine and untouched desert-scape. - 9/21/15

Flash Floods Kill 10 In Iran

- Iranian state TV says flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed 10 people in the capital, Tehran, and southern regions. The report on September 19 said the flash flood killed six in Tehran and four in the southern province of Hormozgan a day earlier. - 9/19/15

Ten Iranian provinces suffering seven-year drought

- The head of drought and crisis management for the Iranian Meteorological Organization reports that 10 of the country's provinces have been grappling with seven consecutive years of drought. - 9/3/15

Cheetah Conservation Day aims to protect species in Iran

- It is now half a century since the habitat of the Asiatic Cheetah has been reduced to the Iranian plains. Outside of Africa, the Iranian plains are the only place where cheetahs can be found. The ninth annual festival of Cheetah Conservation Day is being observed, even as estimates indicate that only 40 to 70 head of cheetah are left in Iran. The festival is being held from August 27 to 28 in Tehran's Mellat Park in tandem with celebrations in 13 other provinces. - 8/28/15

Greenhouse gas emissions rising in Iran

- The head of National Air and Climate Change at Iran's Environmental Protection Agency reports that 500 million tons of greenhouse gases are produced by the country annually and in the next 10 years it is expected to reach 2 billion tons. - 8/28/15

Iranian Official: No Reports of Damage, Injury in Tehran Quake

- According to a report by Iranian Seismological Center of the Institute of Geophysics of University of Tehran, an earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale shook the city of Firouzkouh on Tuesday night, located about 110 kilometers (68 miles) northeast of the capital city. - 8/27/15

Giant whale washed up along southern Iranian coast

- The decomposing body of a 13-meter-long whale is washed up on a beach in southern Iran, with experts providing conflicting accounts on why the giant creature has died. Iranian media said Monday that the animal was spotted a few days ago on a beach near the port city of Dayyer in southwestern province of Bushehr, a first such incidence in decades in the gas-rich area. - 8/25/15

Plan to save at-risk species called a high priority by Iranian official

- Seventy-six animal species including mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish are under threat of extinction, according to Iran's Department of the Environment. The department's director of Biodiversity and Wildlife told ISNA on Sunday August 23 that 30 of those species are now high priority and "an action plan to save them has been prepared or is under preparation". - 8/24/15

Earthquake strikes Tehran and Semnan provinces in Iran

- According to a report by Iranian Seismological Center of the Institute of Geophysics of University of Tehran, an earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale on Thursday night rattled the districts of Javad Abad, Pishva and Varamin, south of Tehran. The institute also said that the quake was followed by seven aftershocks and foreshocks - 8/15/15

Villagers must pay for killing 20 wild boar in Zanjan

- Twenty wild boar have been killed by residents of a village in Zanjan, Iran. The Zanjan Department of the Environment reports that the boar had gathered at a water hole to drink in the farming region of Ijrood when the residents attacked them with hunting weapons, clubs, stone and iron bars. - 8/13/15

Photos: Sand storms in Sistan take a toll on daily life

- All government offices and businesses were closed due to the heavy sand storms in Sistan on Sunday August 9. The Mehr News Agency reports that on Sunday August 9, heavy winds raised the concentration of airborne dust particles to over 34 times the acceptable level. Meteorological reports say winds could reach 100 km/h today. - 8/11/15

Iran's top sculptor Parviz Tanavoli to dedicate work to Zimbabwe's Cecil

- Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli has announced his plans to dedicate one of his latest works in his Lion series to a lion killed in Zimbabwe in July in order to take part in the international outcry over the death of the animal. - 8/4/15

Six Iranian forest rangers freed after death sentences stayed

- The head of Iran's Department of the Environment says six of eight forest rangers who were sentenced to death have now been released. IRNA reports that on Monday August 3, Massoumeh Ebtekar said in a speech in Yasooj that efforts are still underway to secure the release of the other two rangers. - 8/4/15

Iran city hits suffocating heat index of 165 degrees, near world record

- Wherever you live or happen to travel to, never complain about the heat and humidity again. In the city of Bandar Mahshahr (population of about 110,000 as of 2010), the air felt like a searing 165 degrees (74 Celsius) today factoring in the humidity. Although there are no official records of heat indices, this is second highest level we have ever seen reported. -Jason Samenow, Washington Post - 8/1/15

Photos: Iranian Green Protesters Circle Forest During Environment Chief's Visit

- Environmental activists formed a human chain around Palang Dareh Forest on Thursday July 30 while the head of Iran's Department of the Environment, Massoumeh Ebtekar, was visiting Mazandaran Province in northern Iran to mark National Forest Day. - 7/31/15

Heavy rains flood roads in northern Iran

- Heavy torrential rains have flooded Chaloos and Haraz roads in Tehran and Alborz Provinces so far killing 35 people. Fifty vehicles are also reportedly missing in the Asara region of the two mountainous roads. Meanwhile five villages have been trapped by floods and another six were killed in Sijan from the floods. - 7/21/15

Great Salt Lake's Iranian 'twin' is drying up

- It's an inland sea of nearly 2,000 square miles with extremely salty water supporting a delicate web of life and providing natural resources for important industries. That may appear to be a description of Utah's Great Salt Lake. In fact, though, it describes a lake in Iran that is astonishingly similar to Utah's famous inland sea. The two salt lakes, on opposite sides of the world, are so nearly identical that scientists from both countries are working together to help them survive. -John Hollenhorst, KSL - 7/14/15

Plastic-Bag Free Day in Iran: Campaign promotes stopping use of plastic bags

- On July 12, which is Plastic-Bag Free Day in Iran, several organizations once again geared up to raise public awareness about the environmental problems posed by plastic bags. For a week, Tehran and several other provinces will implement a program of using biodegradable bags in stores and markets bearing the logo "less plastic, cleaner earth, better health". - 7/14/15

Insurance deal aims to protect Asiatic Cheetah in Iran

- The Asiatic Cheetah, which now can be found only in Iran, has been offered increased protection through an agreement between the United Nations Development Program and Dana Insurance. - 7/7/15

Iranian Parliament outlines extent of water crisis devastation

- Iranian Parliament announced that recent research indicates repeated droughts have led to the desertification of two-thirds of the country. The Shahrvand daily reports that the statement from Parliament also indicates a significant decline in the country's water resources in the past 20 years. - 6/30/15

Average temperatures across Iran rise by one degree centigrade

- Iran Meteorological Organization announced that nine provinces have so far registered average temperatures three degrees centigrade higher than normal in June. The report adds that the month of June was one average one degree centigrade higher all across the country. - 6/30/15

Iran: Poachers face higher fines for hunting endangered species

- The Department of the Environment has managed to push through an initiative to impose heavy fines on illegal hunting activities. The new fines are on average five times bigger than they were in the past, and some are even 10 times bigger for those caught hunting certain species. - 6/26/15

Iran to build hybrid electric cars

- Iran Khodro has signed an agreement with two local universities to produce hybrid and electric cars, with the first models expected to roll down the production line in the next three years. The Middle East's leading automaker inked a memorandum of understanding with Iran's prestigious Sharif and Amir Kabir Universities of Technology for design and production of the county's first hybrid electric cars. - 6/24/15

12th death of Iranian leopard reported in Zanjan

- Local people in Sorkhabad, Zanjan, have found the remains of an Iranian leopard partly eaten by the carnivores of the region. The remains of the leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor) were found in Darband Kalasar by the local Department of Environment units; the animal had reportedly died 10 days ago. - 6/19/15

Fourth Persian leopard found dead

- Head of North Khorasan provincial Department of Environment office has announced the discovery of the corpse of fourth Persian leopard since the beginning of the current solar year (beginning March 2015). - 6/11/15

Dust storms in Sistan-Baluchistan province of Iran force residents inside

- Storm winds reaching up to 115 kilometres per hour have forced residents in Sistan-Baluchistan Province to stay in their homes due to high volumes of dust and particles in the air. Sixteen years of drought in the Sistan-Baluchistan region and seasonal winds that now last 180 days per year instead of 120, have aggravated the problem of dust storms in the region. - 6/10/15

Centuries-old trees in Iran's Fars province destroyed by fire

- Reports from Fars Province indicate that forest fires have destroyed 110 hectares of trees, including the 800-year-old trees of Miyanjangal. Miyanjangal is covered by 50 hectares of forest and parts of it are protected. - 6/8/15

Light Earthquake Hits Town Near Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Plant

- Authorities in Tehran say a magnitude-4.4 earthquake has jolted a sparsely populated district about 110 kilometers northwest of Bushehr, the location of Iran's only operational nuclear power plant. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. - 6/1/15

Iran raises penalties for hunting endangered species

- Iran's Department of the Environment reports that new changes to wildlife protection laws include significantly higher fines for hunting protected species. The head of Hunting and Fishing reports that poachers will pay 100 million toumans for hunting the Asiatic cheetah and 80 million toumans for hunting the Persian leopard. - 5/25/15

Khuzestan wetland shrinks drastically due to oil extraction

- Three-fifths of the Hour-ol-Azim wetlands have dried out due to non-standard oil extraction. Jasem Marmazi, the Khuzestan governor's advisor on environmental issues, told ISNA that the Oil Company's recent oil-extraction activities are the chief reason that the Hour-ol-Azm Wetlands are drying out. - 5/14/15

Half of Iran's fields now dried out

- Iranian environmental officials say Iran's exploitation of water resources is three times the world standard and continuing this pattern will speed the country's desertification. - 5/11/15

Water shortage crisis strikes 520 cities in Iran

- "520 cities in the country are facing the crisis of drinking water shortage," Esmaeil Najjar, who is also had of Crisis Management Organization, said. "Over the past two decades, the scourge of drought has struck our country," he said, adding that Iran lies on an "arid belt" on Earth. - 5/6/15

Tehran's Nature Bridge wins Architizer A+Awards

- The global architectural award program The Architizer A+Awards has selected Iran's Tabiat (Nature) Bridge as one of the winners in +Engineering category. Tabiat Bridge was designed in order to improve access for pedestrians between two public parks, which are divided by highways. - 4/25/15

Dust storms continue onslaught on Iran's western provinces

- Iran's western provinces have been suffering the impact of dust storms since Wednesday April 22, with limited visibility and disruptions to daily life being felt from Eastern and Western Azerbaijan, Zanjan, Kermanshah, to Khuzestan, Lorestan, Ilam, Chahar Mahal Bakhtiyari, and today also in Fars province and the City of Shiraz. - 4/24/15

Climate change threatening Iran's food security

- Iran is facing growing warnings that its deteriorating water crisis could eventually undermine its food security. Renowned American environmental analyst Lester Brown has warned that Iran needs to revise its food security policies by taking into consideration the future impacts of environmental changes. - 4/13/15

Photos: Nature Bridge in Tehran

- Inaugurated in 2014, Iran's largest pedestrian bridge called "Tabiat Bridge" (Nature Bridge) has a unique structure designed by Leila Araghian. The design of this three-level, 2,000-Ton Structure pedestrian bridge is inspired by ancient Iranian architecture in which, bridge was not just a crossing path, linking 2 sides of a river or valley, but a place to stay, relax and enjoy beautiful views. - 4/6/15

Over 320,000 old cars scrapped in Iran: official

- Over 320,000 old cars were scrapped in Iran since the beginning of current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2014), according to an Iranian transportation official. Feyzbakhsh said the old and sub-standard vehicles are responsible for over 70 percent of air pollution in the megacities of Iran. - 3/16/15

Iranian Parliament rejects $22-million budget for environment protection

- In its study of the next year's national budget bill (March 5015-March 2016), Majlis on Wednesday refused to pass a $22 million bill intended to fund projects to protect environment. The fund reportedly sought to battle environmental issues, especially dust storms that have recently crippled the country's western parts - 2/21/15

Water shortages a problem in cities across Iran

- The Head of Iran's Department of Environment has issued a warning about the water resources for 14 cities across the country, adding that current conditions are also raising serious concerns about the water supply for the Capital. - 2/20/15

Iranian Cheetah's dwindling numbers lower than thought

- The head of the Iranian Cheetah Association says the endangered feline's numbers are still falling in Iran, despite efforts, and their situation has become more critical. Morteza Eslami told ISNA that earlier estimates pointed to a population of between 70 and 120 Asiatic cheetahs in the country but the number is now put between 40 and 70. - 2/15/15

Dust problem escalates in Ahvaz, other Iranian cities

- The concentration of dust particles in Ahvaz air has reached its highest levels in recent days, forcing people to stay home and avoid the streets. Following school closures, 11 Khuzestan cities have now closed all government offices as well. - 2/10/15

Iran's wetlands: A smile amid grief

- "About 10 years ago things were very different," says Hassan a resident of the Hamouns situated in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan. "Boats were bobbing in the water," he continued, "fishermen were making their daily catches. As far as the eye could see, there was water and greenery. The Hamouns were alive." -Gary Lewis - 2/4/15

Photos: Ahvaz air pollution gets worse beyond measure

- Air pollution in Ahvaz has grown five times worse since Tuesday's air quality registers led to school closures, forcing them remain shut. Hospital emergency rooms have reported an unprecedented rise in the number of patients arriving with respiratory problems, while the head of the Khuzestan Department of the Environment reported that they are no longer able to gauge the level of dust particles in the air, because the measurement has gone beyond the range of their equipment. - 1/31/15

Photos: Ahvaz's severe pollution a hot topic on social media

- The severe pollution in Ahvaz, Iran is currently a hot subject on the social media. Ahvazi people are venting their frustration and concerns through public posts or private messages often with a satirical tone. One such message reads: "Hello, can you tell me the date and the year for today, since when I woke up there was 8 inches of dust covering me. It is my right to know how long I've been sleep." - 1/31/15

Anger in Ahvaz over government inaction on dust pollution

- Ahvaz residents took to the streets on Friday January 30 to protest the lack of any effective government action to combat the previous day's dust storm, which pushed the concentration of air particles to more than 66 times the acceptable level. - 1/31/15

Photos: Saving an injured Goshawk

- Environmental guards were able to rescue and treat a goshawk which had been wounded in the Shahroud region of Iran's Semnan Province. Goshawk is a medium-large bird of prey which inhabits the temperate parts of the northern hemisphere. -Mansoureh Ghalichi - 1/30/15

Cities' waste worsens pollution in Anzali Lagoon

- Industrial and residential waste and sewage from six cities has critically increased water pollution in the Anzali Lagoon in northern Iran. The Anzali Lagoon is registered as an endangered lagoon, and in 2010, Iran began a project in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency to save it. - 1/30/15

Photos: Airborne dust forces flight cancellations in Khuzestan, Iran

- Flights from Abadan and Ahvaz in southwestern Iran have been cancelled due to poor visibility caused by increased dust in the air. The Tasnim News Agency reports that the head of the Khuzestan Meteorology office said: "Rainfall has declined by 30 percent compared to last year and this is one of the main reasons for dry soil all across the province and the increase in airborne dust particles." - 1/28/15

Controversy swirls around tourists hunting rare birds in Iran

- Iran's Department of the Environment denies having issued any hunting permits for rare birds to tourists from Arab countries. Ahmad Ali Keykha, the department deputy head, said on Monday January 26 that the organization has never issued any permits for foreign nationals to hunt rare birds in Iran. - 1/27/15

Photos: Iran's Nature Cleaners

- The 46th provincial program of Iran's Nature Cleaners took place in Toushan Village in Gorgan, with the participation of over 60 eco-friendly citizens. The organization comprises people who volunteer to clean up rubbish discarded in nature. -Mohammad Cheraghali - 1/25/15

Female Asiatic Cheetah, 3 Cubs Sighted In Turan National Park

- Head of Khar Turan National Park in Shahrud has announced the sighting of four new Asiatic Cheetahs, including a female and her three cubs. Ali Akbar Ghorbanlou told Mehr News that the frequent sightings of Asiatic cheetahs have considerably raised the hopes among environment and wildlife lovers. - 1/24/15

Iran asks UN for help with increasingly arid climate

- The head of Iran's Department of the Environment says forecasts indicate that dry weather and a lack of precipitation in Iran will increase eleven fold by 2050. - 1/21/15

Photos: People in Varzaneh Pray For Rain

- When all else fails, turn to God -- The people of the farming town of Varzaneh gathered on Friday January 16 to pray for rain. Like other countries in the region, Iran has been dealing with severe drought and water shortages in the last few years. Many farmers have lost their jobs or are on the verge of doing so. -- Will God hear the people of Varzaneh? -Hamidreza Dastjerdi - 1/20/15

First Iranian-made electric car "Sabrina" unveiled

- Iranian carmaker Diyar Khodro has launched trial production of the electric car, which is projected to be produced in large scale in the next Iranian calendar year, starting on March 21, the Fars news agency reported. The car can travel more than 250 kilometers per charge. - 1/20/15

Iran's Clean Air Day: Ebtekar vows no leniency for polluting industries

- The Department of Environment spares no leniency for polluting industries, the department's chief Masoumeh Ebtekar said on Sunday. Addressing a gathering on the occasion of the "Clean Air Day" in Tehran on Sunday, Ebtekar also admitted that the metropolis of Tehran is still grappling with heavy air pollution. - 1/19/15

Rare brown bear killed in road accident in Iran

- A brown bear died on Friday January 2 after a road accident occurred between Ardebil and Parsabad in northwestern Iran. ISNA reports that the news was confirmed by the head of the Ardebil Department of the Environment, who said that despite the efforts of rangers, the rare animal died some hours after the collision due to the severity of its injuries. - 1/6/15

Two Endangered Persian Leopards Die Within 10 Days

- In less than ten days, two dead leopards have been found in east and west of Golestan province. The leopards are believed by Department of Environment experts to having died of hunger; they further speculate that the motorway crossing the national park would also play a role in the deadly incident. - 1/1/15

Air Pollution In Tehran Sends Hundreds To Hospitals

- Severe air pollution in Iran's capital, Tehran, has put nearly 400 people in hospitals with heart and respiratory problems. Hassan Abbas, a Tehran emergency services official, said on December 30 that the city's dirty air had caused another 1,434 people to be treated in their homes for similar problems. - 12/31/14

Photos: Iranian two-seat electric vehicle unveiled

- A two-seater electric vehicle built by a group of students and professors in Qazvin Islamic Azad University was unveiled in Azad University of Tehran. The newly-unveiled plug-in car has a width of 120cm and its length is 2m, which can reduce parking problems on the streets of Tehran. Moreover, The car does not produce any pollution. - 12/30/14

Photos: Wildlife of Iran's Golestan National Park

- Golestan National Park is situated in Golestan Province between the eastern parts of the Alburs Mountains and the western fringes of the Khorasan-Kopet Dag. It comprises 91,890 ha. The Park reaches from 1000 to 1400 m above sea level and has a variety of habitats -Aboutaleb Nadri - 12/23/14

Iranian hunter sentenced for killing panther, illegal rifle

- A poacher has been sentenced to 42 months in jail for hunting an Iranian panther in northern Iran, the head of Environment and Wildlife Watch of Iran told the Mehr News Agency. - 12/22/14

For Leopards in Iran and Iraq, Land Mines Are a Surprising Refuge

- Land mines keep people out of the Persian leopard's last habitats, creating a conundrum -- removing the hazards leaves the cats more vulnerable. -Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic - 12/19/14

Project Pressure captures Iran's melting glaciers

- Project Pressure has created the first open source glacier archive, recording the environmental impact of climate change by documenting the world's changing glaciers. Some of the most endangered glaciers on the planet are in Iran. The rugged mountains of Iran have shaped both the political and the economic history of the country, forming distinct valley communities that remained largely isolated until major roads were built in the 20th Century. -Laurie Balbo, Green Prophet - 12/18/14

5.2-mangnitude earthquake shakes Behbahan in southwestern Iran

- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter scale hit the city of Behbahan in Khuzestan province on Saturday morning. - 12/14/14

Another Asiatic cheetah sighted in Yazd

- Director of Iranian Cheetah Society has announced the sighting and registering of another new Asiatic Cheetah in Yazd Province. Morteza Eslami told Mehr News that a number of camera traps had been placed in each of the cheetah habitats in Iran for an overall observation of the target species. - 12/13/14

Issues with Domestic Gasoline? The Battle Over Gasoline Rages On in Iran

- The worsening of the air pollution situation in Tehran has resurfaced the in-fighting among Iran's political factions over gasoline. Tasnim news agency, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, recently published a special report on imported gasoline and asserted that in fact it is the cause of the deteriorating air condition in Tehran. - 11/25/14

Severe air pollution triggers emergency response in Tehran

- Tehran has announced that due to the decline in air quality, emergency services will be available in various locations around the capital to attend to citizens as needed starting Monday November 17. - 11/18/14

Several Iranian provinces punished by heavy rain, snowstorms

- Heavy rain and snow has hit 11 provinces in Iran, and in some areas roads have been closed due to blizzards. Alborz, Khuzestan, Chahar Mahal Bakhriyari, Khorazan Razavi, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Gilan and eastern parts of Tehran are among the provinces dealing with heavy precipitation. - 11/6/14

Iran approves big budget to save drying lake Urmia

- Iran's administration approved on Sunday November 3 the plans developed by the task force to save the rapidly drying Lake Urmia, including a budget of about 7.3 trillion rials (about $225 million). - 11/4/14

Omid, the Last Siberian crane, returns to Iran

- SARI, Nov. 02 - An environmental activist has announced that the last Siberian crane has returned to Iran for the seventh consecutive year. Narges Rouhani, an environmental activist, pointed to the return of the last Siberian crane to Iran and said, "this crane which is called Omid (Persian for 'hope') landed at Fereydunkenar wetland on Saturday at 7:30 AM. He is currently resting and feeding there." - 11/3/14

Cage fish farming in Caspian, catastrophic or beneficial?

- While some lecturers describe implementation of the plan for farming rainbow trout in cage in the Caspian Sea unprincipled and catastrophic for the environment, executive officials believe the plan is beneficial in creating job opportunities. - 10/27/14

Quake jolts Murmuri in Western Iran

- A strong quake measuring 5.6 on Richter scale hit Murmuri suburbs of Abdanan City, Ilam province, Wednesday evening, leaving 19 wounded. - 10/16/14

Iran's metros will lead to petrol consumption drop of 680m liters: Official

- The development of the metro systems of Iran's major cities is expected to increase the number of journeys from 880 million to 2.8 billion per year in the next 10 years, according to Iranian Fuel Conservation Company Managing Director Mohammad Mehdi Rahmati. - 10/15/14

Iranian protesters question safety of nuclear plant project

- A number of residents in the area surrounding the Bushehr Nuclear Plant in Khuzestan Province staged a protest against the latest project being implemented in the plant and the lack of adequate concern about the environmental impact of the plant's activities. - 10/11/14

New group pushes water conservation in Iran

- The newly established organizan Neday-e Iranian has launched a "Water is Life" campaign to address Iran's water shortage crisis. The campaign, which lists its goals as optimized water use and the acculturation of Iranians to water conservation, began its activities by releasing a public awareness poster on Wednesday October 8. - 10/9/14
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