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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

Iranian documentary 'Banooye Urmia' awarded in Finland fest

- An Iranian documentary, Banooye Urmia, (Lady Urmia) won jury award of Finland Environmental Film Festival held in Vaasa City. The film directed by Mohammad Ehsani was shown in the 7th edition of the event on October 1-5 in Vaasa. The film is a poetic documentary about Lake Urmia, in the Iranian Azerbaijan, which is drying up completely. - 10/8/14

Release of untreated sewage called a "catastrophe": Iran's DOE Chief

- Massoumeh Ebtekar, the head of Iran's Department of the Environment, has announced serious concern over the release of untreated city and town sewage into rivers in some parts of the country, referring to it as an environmental catastrophe. - 10/7/14

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
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