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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

'Iran's wildlife population shrinking at alarming rate': DOE Official

- The country's wild species population is shrinking at an alarming rate as many of the species are facing a decline being killed in car crashes as a result of road construction in the middle of forests and depletion of their habitats, chief of Alborz province department of environment (DOE) has said. -Tehran Times - 11/19/18

Over 1,000 Iranian Activists Back Jailed Environmentalists in Letter to Judiciary

- More than 1,000 Iranian civil society activists have signed a letter to Iran's judiciary chief urging him to resolve the case of eight environmentalists jailed since January and February on suspicion of being spies. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 11/16/18

Isfahan Farmers Stage 40+ Day Protest Against Local Authorities' "Mismanagement" of Scarce Water Supplies

- Hundreds of farmers have been camped out on the eastern and western outskirts of the Iranian city of Isfahan for more than 40 days to protest the authorities' mismanagement of water resources in the drought-ridden province. -CHRI - 11/7/18

Persian leopard seen for 3rd time in 2 years in north-central Iran

- A Persian leopard has been spotted for the third time within two years in Taleqan, a rural district located in Alborz province, north-central part of the country, ISNA reported on Sunday. Farzin Hakimi the provincial department of environment chief said that rangers patrolling the area have observed a leopard laying on the mountain range and captured some photos. - 10/30/18

Iranian Farmer Mahmud Mansuri wins Emerging Talent Award at Wildscreen Festival

- Iranian farmer Mahmud Mansuri has won the Icon Films Emerging Talent Award at the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol in the southwest of England. He won the award for his collaboration in "In the Realm of the Spider-tailed Viper", a documentary film directed by Iranian Fathollah Amiri about the spider-tailed viper that lives in the western Iranian province of Ilam. - 10/24/18

Iran Charges Environmentalists With National Security Crimes

- Nine months after a group of environmentalists were imprisoned in Iran without any evidence of wrongdoing and denied due process-and after the death of one them in state custody-five of them have been charged with a serious national security crime. -CHRI - 10/24/18

Iran outlaws private ownership of wild animals

- Iran has outlawed the private ownership of wild animals, including cheetahs, lions and tigers, and will fine or imprison anyone parading the wild animals in public, YJC reported on Wednesday. "If a person seen in public walking an exotic pet, will be fined up to 800 million rials (about $20,000) and could face up to three-year term of imprisonment," Department of Environment's (DOE) director for hunting and fishing Ali Teymouri has said. - 10/11/18

Iranian-American Among Five Environmentalists Charged in Iran After Eight Months in Prison

- Five out of the eight environmentalists who have been detained in Iran since January 2018, including an Iranian-American dual national, have been issued preliminary indictments eight months into their imprisonment. - 10/9/18

Iran Hit Hard By Floods In the North, Dust Storms In The South

- Massive dust storms have hit the two southern provinces of Kerman and Sistan and Baluchistan, while six northern provinces of the country are submerged in floods. More than 150 have been hospitalized for pulmonary complications and other medical issues resulting from a dust cloud that descended over Kerman and Sistan and Baluchistan in last few days. - 10/9/18

Iran's Department of Environment opposes water transfer from Persian Gulf

- With regard to the environmental conditions of the Persian Gulf, the Department of Environment (DOE) has taken a firm stand against water transfer from this body of water, deputy environment chief, Masoud Tajrishi, has said. - 10/8/18

Persian Leopard Cub Seized From Smugglers

- A three-month old leopard cub was seized from the smugglers on Wednesday and transferred to Pardisan Park rehabilitation center, Mehr news agency reported on Friday. The leopard cub was seized in Khuzestan province from a group of animal traffickers who were trying to smuggle the animal to one the Persian Gulf states, Ramhormoz chief of department of environment said. - 10/2/18

Three Persian Leopard Cubs Seen In North-Central Iran

- Three Persian leopard cubs have been spotted in Parvar protected area, north-central Semnan province, which is home to one-third of all species of mammals in Iran, Tasnim reported on Tuesday. Persian leopard is one of the nine sub-species of the world's leopards, which is considered to be the largest, and is among the most endangered species in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). - 10/1/18

An ancient engineering feat that harnessed the wind

- Iran's wind catchers stand as a reminder of how ancient civilisations have adapted to the region's harsh desert environment. -Shervin Abdolhamidi, BBC - 9/28/18

PHOTOS: Drought in Iran's North Khorasan province

- According to Iran's Meteorological Organization, 98.1 percent of the country suffers from varying degrees of drought. The following photos show drought in North Khorasan province in northeastern Iran. -Vahid Abdi, Mehr - 9/13/18

Persian leopards spotted for first time in Iran's Bakhtegan National Park

- For the first time, three Persian leopards have been spotted at the Bakhtegan national park in Neyriz city located in southern Fars province, Saeed Mahmoudi, the provincial department of environment chief has said. - 9/10/18

Iran faces 27% rainfall shortage compared to long-term average

- The precipitation rate in Iran has dropped by 27 percent over the past eleven months (September 23, 2017 to August 21, 2018), compared to its long-term average, head of the national center for drought and crisis management, affiliated to the meteorological center, has said. - 8/30/18

At Least Two Dead After Strong Earthquake Strikes Kermanshah in Western Iran

- At least two people were killed and more than 240 others were injured after an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 and at least two strong aftershocks struck western Iran, local media report. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck southwest of the city of Javanrud in Kermanshah Province early on August 26. - 8/27/18

4 Killed In Marivan, Western Iran While Trying To Put Out Wildfire

- Two rangers and two enviornmtal activists were killed while trying to extinguish the wildfire raging in forests in Marivan, western province of Kordestan, on Saturday. According the Kordestan governor office public relation the two environmentalists Sharif Bajour and Omid Kohnehpoushi, and two rangers Mohammad Pajouhi and Rahmat Hekmatinia died from smoke inhalation and burns from fire - 8/27/18

Tehrani citizens to enjoy riding IoT-based bikes

- An Iranian startup set out to provide a system based on Internet of Things (IoT) for its bike sharing service in Tehran in coming months. Tehrani citizens can enjoy cycling in different parts of the city through downloading the startup's app on their smartphone. The bikes were used for the first time by a group of Tehrani reporters, during a ceremony held by Tehran Municipality for a short biking tour on Friday - 8/24/18

Iran, UNDP prepare draft for Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah

- Iran's Department of Environment (DOE) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have jointly drawn up the draft of the Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project (CACP) phase III. Hamid Zohrabi, deputy environment chief for DOE's natural environment and biodiversity directorate said on Saturday that the project will go into effect by the end of 2018. - 8/22/18

Iranian ships to carry message of preserving Caspian seals

- Given Caspian seals, the sole marine mammals inhabiting the Caspian Sea, have fallen into a drastic decline pushing the specie towards extinction, Iranian ships in the Caspian Sea will display Caspian seal image, deputy environment chief for marine affairs has said. - 8/20/18

Prolonged Detention of Environmentalists "None of Your Business," Iran's Judiciary Tells Vice President

- The chief of Iran's Department of Environment, Vice President Isa Kalantari, has told state media that the judiciary has warned him to stop enquiring about environmentalists who have been detained for the past six months. - 8/18/18

Iran Blames Iraq For Continuing Wildfires On Border

- Efforts to prevent wildfires in Iraq from reaching Iran, has been halted, says President Hassan Rouhani's deputy and the head of Department of Environment (DoE). Iraqi part of Hour al-Azim wetland has been burning for weeks now and the wildfire smoke clouds have caused health problems for the inhabitants of cities on the Iranian side of the border, especially in Iranian Khuzestan province and its capital Ahvaz, local news outlets reported. -Radio Farda - 8/18/18

Vets Unable To Save Asiatic Cheetah Cub Injured In Car Crash In Semnan, Iran

- The Asiatic cheetah cub which had been injured on August 7 in a car crash on Abbasabad-Mayami road, north-central Semnan province, has lost life despite the efforts of the veterinary team at the Department of Environment, IRNA reported on Wednesday. - 8/15/18

Iran's Water Can Run Out Sooner Than Its Oil

- The looming water crisis in Iran is "much more severe" than what has already been predicted, the head of Islamic Republic's Department of Environment (DoE) and deputy President, Isa Kalantari has said, warning, "There will be no water in Iran within less than fifty years". - 8/10/18

Iran, Iraq, Syria to join hands against Sand and Dust Storms (SDS)

- A plan on combating sand and dust storms (SDS) is scheduled to be prepared in a collaborative initiative with three countries of Iran, Iraq and Syria under the auspices of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the current Iranian calendar year (ending on March 20, 2019), head of national working group on SDS has said. - 8/9/18

About 150 Injured as 3 Earthquakes Rock Western and Southern Iran

- A 5.9-magnitude quake rattled Kermanshah province, in western Iran near the border with Iraq, Sunday, injuring nearly 150 people, the head of the country's disaster response agency said. Earlier Sunday, 4.7- and 5.7-magnitude quakes hit Hormozgan province, south of Tehran. - 7/23/18

As Heatwave Hits Iran, Electrical Grid Stretched To Limit

- July temperatures in Iran have reached a whopping 52-53 degrees Celsius (125-127 F) in some spots, as residents struggle with a lack of water and now a looming danger to the electricity network. The high temperatures were recorded in south and southwest of the country, close to the Persian Gulf, while in Ardabil Province in the north, near the border with Azerbaijan, a chilly 13 Celsius or 55 F was recorded. - 7/12/18

53 And Counting! Heat Wave Breaks Records In Iran, Across The Caucasus

- An intense heat wave is shattering temperature records in Iran and the Caucasus nations of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia, causing power shortages that are adding to discomfort in the region. Weather experts on July 6 said the heat wave is the result of a high-pressure dome or heat dome that formed over the Eurasian region and reaches as far north as southern Russia, where temperatures hit a record high for June on June 28. - 7/6/18

Snow Job: Iran Accuses Its Enemies Of 'Stealing Clouds' To Create Drought

- A senior Iranian official has accused Iran's foreign enemies, including Israel, of modifying the weather in the country in order to create drought. "Foreigners are suspected of intervening in the country's climate," Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran's Passive Defense Organization, a subdivision of the armed forces, said on July 2 in the Iranian capital, Tehran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 7/3/18

Environmental Crisis Forces Residents In Abadan, Iran To Migrate

- High concentration of salt in the water has shut down the industrial and agricultural sectors around the southwestern Iranian city of Abadan and forced some of the residents to emigrate to other cities, an Iranian official says. -Radio Farda - 6/26/18

Iran's ancient engineering marvel

- What on Earth are those? I thought to myself shortly before landing in the Iranian city of Esfahan one summer. From the aeroplane window, I could see what looked like a cross between freakishly large anthills and obscure symbols left by an extraterrestrial race. Little could I - then only a teenager - have guessed what lay beneath their mysterious surfaces. -Joobin Bekhrad, BBC - 6/20/18

60 wetlands drained in Iran due to drought

- Some 60 wetlands in Iran are completely dried up and some other are under pressure, the deputy environment chief for the wetlands has said. Masoud Baqerzadeh said there are some 105 wetlands in Iran, stretching 3 million hectares of lands. - 6/7/18

Almost Half Of Iran's Wetlands 'Dried Up'

- Sixty wetlands in Iran, including nearly 44 percent of the country's total marshlands, have dried up, according to the deputy head of the Department of Environment (DOE) for wetlands. "There are some 105 wetlands in Iran, stretching 3 million hectares of land. About 1.3 million hectares of these wetlands are affected by drought, which led to total dryness of some 60 wetlands," state-run Iran Labor News Agency (ILNA) quoted Masoud Bagherzadeh as saying on June 1. -Radio Farda - 6/3/18

'No Evidence' Detained Iranian Environmentalists Are Spies

- An Iranian government panel has concluded there is no evidence against environmental activists rounded up on spying charges in recent months, the country's environment chief says. Isa Kalantari, head of Iran's department of environment, was quoted by state media as saying on May 22 that the conclusion had been reached by a panel set up to investigate the allegations against the activists. The panel included the ministers of justice, interior, and intelligence, as well as the president's legal deputy, Kalantari said. - 5/23/18

800 Iranian Environmentalists Call on President Rouhani to Uphold the Rights of Detained Colleagues

- President Hassan Rouhani has not responded to a letter by 800 Iranian environmentalists demanding clarification on the "fate" of fellow environments who have been detained in Iran with extremely limited access to counsel for the past three to four months. "As you are aware, it has been close to 90 days since 13 environmental experts and wildlife activists were detained by security agencies in Iran amidst the broadcast and publication of several unsubstantiated and questionable television and newspaper reports," said the environmentalists in a letter sent to the president on April 2, 2018. - 5/10/18

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake jolts southwestern Iran, injures at least 76

- An earthquake measuring 5.2 on Richter scale shook Sisakht in southwestern province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province on Wednesday morning, injuring 76. The quake hit the area on 8:38 a.m. local time. It was 8 kilometers beneath the earth's surface. Rescue workers were soon dispatched to the affected area. - 5/3/18

Residents Abandoning Iran's Regions With Increasingly Fierce Sandstorms

- Sand and dust storms are growing in intensity and frequency in parts of Iran, forcing residents of the oil-rich southwestern Khuzestan province to move to cities with bearable weather conditions, according to an MP from the battered province. -Radio Farda - 4/30/18

Iranian Workers Extend Protests Against Water Shortages, Salary Delays

- Workers in Iran's southwestern province of Khuzestan have launched an extended protest against water shortages and nonpayment of wages. Social media users who contacted VOA Persian said farmers from the town of Bavi protested for a third straight day outside a local government building in nearby Ahvaz city on Monday. They said the farmers complained of not receiving enough water to irrigate their crops. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 4/24/18

Celebrities, Green Activists Demand Iran's President Rouhani To Cast Light On Case Of Detained Environmentalists

- More than 700 Iranian celebrities and environmentalists have signed a letter calling on President Hassan Rouhani to legally shed light on the case of 13 environmental activists arrested on espionage charges some 90 days ago. - 4/23/18

Millions Of Iranians Facing Water Shortages, Warns Energy Minister

- Iran is facing its harshest drought in the last 50 years, and nearly half the country's population will soon face water shortages, according to the Energy Ministry. "334 cities with 35 million people across Iran are currently struggling with water stress," said Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian April 21 in a speech to top members of President Hassan Rouhani's administration. - 4/23/18

18 Wetlands Totally Drained In Iran: Deputy Environment Chief

- Some 18 wetlands in Iran are completely dried up and some 24 are in critical condition, deputy chief of the Department of Environment, Masoud Tajrishi, has said. Tajrishi highlighted that the wetlands in Iran are not in a good condition and if the current trend of low precipitation continues the wetlands will turn to hotspots for sand and dust storms. - 4/22/18

Earthquake Strikes Southern Iran, Near Nuclear Power Plant

- An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shook Bushehr, southern Iran, on Thursday. The temblor struck at about 11 a.m. local time near Kaki at the depth of 18 kilometeres below earth's surface. There is no report on damages at Bushehr nuclear plant as it is built resistant to earthquakes. - 4/19/18

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