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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

Inefficient Agriculture is Killing Iran

- Iran has been facing a crisis regarding water for many years and it's far more existential than the nuclear program or the fate of the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Almost every day in Iran, there are protests by farmers regarding water shortages and the diversion of this precious resource from one area to the other. -Sirous Amerian, Atlantic Council - 4/19/18

Environmentalist Resigns From Official Post And Leaves Iran Amid Smear Campaign

- A prominent Iranian scientist and deputy head of the Islamic Republic's Department of Environment has apparently resigned from his post while abroad after being detained in connection with allegations of espionage against other environmentalists. - 4/18/18

Water Shortage "Serious": Iran's Environment Chief

- The country is facing a serious water shortage, said Isa Kalantari, the chief of the Department of Environment. Water should be at the center of all the national programs and plans, he said, adding that industrial and agricultural development should comply with the national Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) law, Mehr reported on Wednesday. - 4/14/18

Facing No Water by May, Iranians Protest for 2nd Day

- Iran's central province of Isfahan has seen a second consecutive day of street protests against water shortages, as lawmakers warned that millions of residents will have no tap water as soon as next month. Iranian farmers in Isfahan's rural town of Varzaneh began protesting water shortages in February, angered by authorities diverting local river water to the neighboring province of Yazd for industrial use. Those protests escalated into violent confrontations with security forces last month. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 4/12/18

Blackouts On The Way, Warns Iran's Energy Minister

- Power outages are inevitable next summer across Iran, the country's energy minister has warned. "Since the volume of water behind the dams is significantly lower than usual, if residents do not decrease electricity consumption, power cuts will be inevitable across the country," Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian announced on April 8. - 4/10/18

Stop Dam Building And Water Transfer Projects: Iranian Environmentalists

- A group of environmentalists have issued a statement, urging all dam building and water transfer projects around Zayanderud, Karun and Dez rivers to be halted in a bid to deal with the severe drought conditions that have affected western part of the country. - 4/10/18

More Than 50 Injured In Double Quake In Iran

- A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has hit western Iran hours before a second quake shook Damavand Province near the capital Tehran, Iranian state media reported on March 31. The state-run IRNA reported that the 5.3 earthquake hit the city of Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermanshah Province. According to the report 54 people were injured and received treatment. Most of the injured have been released. - 4/2/18

An Iranian judge who punishes minor crimes with tree planting not jail

- Mohammad Reza Amuzad is a judge in Galikesh, northern Golestan province, who punishes minor crimes with alternative sentences such as planting trees in the province. During the past one and a half year that he has judged in this rather small city, Amuzad has passed many cases of alternative sentences since he believes they are more preventive than jail, Khabaronline reported on Saturday. - 3/11/18

Iranian Environmentalists Detained in Crackdown Denied Legal Counsel Amid Claims Some Were "Jewish Spies"

- Several environmentalists who were arrested by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization in January 2018 continue to be denied access to legal counsel more than six weeks into their detention. "The families want to know what the charges are so that they can visit the detainees in prison and exercise their natural right to get a lawyer," a source with knowledge about the case told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on February 28, 2018. - 3/6/18

Attack on national lands "colossal, unforgivable mistake": Iranian Environmentalist

- The recent directive issued by the Supreme Council of Environment on changing the boundaries of protected areas is a colossal and unforgivable mistake, environmentalist Mohammad Darvish has said. The recent directive which is clearly giving consent to shrink the boundaries of protected areas for drilling, mining, logging, etc. activities is rolling back the previous efforts made for the past decades to conserve the precious national treasures. - 2/27/18

Can Iran and Afghanistan cooperate to bring an oasis back from the dead?

- Since 2014, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been crafting a restoration plan that would require Afghanistan to help restore the flow of the Helmand, the main river feeding the former wetlands, and Iran to overhaul its water management. And last month, experts from the two nations met in Paris for a workshop on transboundary water issues. The bilateral efforts hearten water researchers. -Richard Stone, Science Magazine - 2/23/18

Iran: Dusty Khuzestan still in tight spot, out of breath

- Once again the old story of recurrent sand and dust storms in the southwestern province of Khuzestan is going around. For some years now elevated levels of PM 2.5 fine particles, tens of times above the standard average, is the new normal for the province. - 2/15/18

PM 2.5 level 'beyond hazardous' as another dust storm hits southwestern Iran

- The recent sand and dust storms have increased the PM 2.5 fine particles concentration to a 'beyond hazardous' level in the southwestern city of Ahwaz, Khuzestan province, on Tuesday. According to Khuzestan provincial department of environment the fine dust concentration has jumped to 60 times above the recommended limits once again over the past months. - 2/14/18

Iranian-Canadian Academic Dies in Custody While Under Interrogations

- A third detainee, 63-year old Iranian-Canadian Professor Kavous Seyed-Emami, has died in custody in Iran, barely 17 days after his arrest and while under interrogations. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) holds the Iranian Judiciary fully responsible for the death of Seyed-Emami and calls for an immediate, international UN-led investigation into the three deaths that have occurred in custody in Iran in the past 40 days. - 2/11/18

Tehran Airports, Schools Closed Due To Heavy Snow

- Heavy snowfalls have forced airports and schools in Tehran to close, while hundreds of cars have been blocked on highways out of the Iranian capital for hours. Tehran's Imam Khomeini International and Mehrabad airports were shut due to poor visibility "until further notice," state television said on January 28. Schools closed in several parts of the country, including the capital, and hundreds of Red Crescent teams were mobilized to bring help to stranded drivers. - 1/29/18

Water And Conflict In Iran

- The most important sentence in the Persian language is arguably "Baba ab dad." The sentence means "father gave water." It is the first sentence taught to Iranian children when they are learning to read and write. Beyond its phonetic simplicity, it establishes the sense of obligation to one's parents that is so indicative of an Iranian childhood. It also establishes an expectation that elders will care for young and that the powerful will care for the powerless. In a sense, "father gave water" is the most succinct articulation of the promise of the social contract in Iran. Today, the Iranian fatherland is struggling to give its people water. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj - 1/27/18

Iran facing race against time to tackle water crisis

- Some major Iranian cities are facing water rationing and other mandatory restrictions if the worst dry spell in more than 50 years persists. With a third of the winter already over, the Alborz mountains towering over Tehran which are usually blanketed in a snow covering at this time of the year barely have a dusting over them while the wider Tehran plateau has just seen some sparse rain so far this year. - 1/23/18

Iran wins Energy Globe World Award 2017 in water category

- Iran secured the first place in Energy Globe World Awards 2017 in the category of water here on Tuesday. Beating the other two finalists, the Philippines and Singapore, Iran jointly with Sri Lanka won the event's top prize in the mentioned category. The Energy Globe Award was founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today's most prestigious environmental awards. - 1/19/18

Iranians Pray For Rain Amid Water Crisis

- Iranians in some of the regions hardest hit by years of drought have taken to public prayer sessions in desperate bids to end the dry spell and ease the strain on Iran's dwindling water supplies. Religious services have been routinely held outdoors in Iran since the cleric-led revolution in 1979, but the recent rain prayers were unique in their focus, and in at least one case worshipers gathered in a remote, arid location. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 1/18/18

Why Iran is facing reduced rainfall?

- It is all over the news in Iranian media. Iran is unprecedentedly suffering from low precipitation and experiencing a prolonged drought. Deciding whether the use of the word "unprecedentedly" is scientifically accurate or not is not a job that can be done by the press. It certainly needs extensive, reliable geological and meteorological data to confirm the claims. However, what Iranians are experiencing over the current winter, most significantly in provinces located in arid and semi-arid areas such as Isfahan, Tehran, Qom or South Khorasan is way different than winters of few years ago. - 1/16/18

Huge Oil Spill After Iranian Tanker Sinks In East China Sea

- Chinese ships are racing to clean up a massive oil spill after an Iranian tanker sank in the East China Sea. The Sanchi's crew of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis are all believed to have perished in the incident. - 1/16/18

Last surviving Asiatic cheetahs to undergo artificial insemination

- Head of the Asiatic Cheetah Conservation Project said a team of experts from France will come to Iran in a few weeks to perform artificial insemination on the last surviving Asiatic cheetahs, Koushki and Delbar. - 1/12/18

Iran-Iraq Border Hit By Series Of Moderate Earthquakes

- A series of moderate earthquakes struck near the Iran-Iraq border and other areas of Iran on January 11, most of them occurring in the same region hit by a major quake in November that killed over 530 people. Four people suffered minor injuries from the latest quakes and little damage was reported, Iranian state television said. - 1/12/18

96 percent of Iran experiencing prolonged drought: Official

- Nearly 96 percent of Iran's total area is suffering from different levels of prolonged drought, the director for drought and crisis management department of Iran's Meteorological Organization said. Referring to Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index (SPEI) over the past 84 months, Shahrokh Fateh said drought severities range from abnormally dry to moderate, severe and even extreme drought. - 1/9/18

At Least 21 Injured As Earthquake Rocks Western Iranian Region

- A 5.1 magnitude earthquake jolted Iran's western province of Kermanshah on January 6, injuring at least 21 people, state television reports. The semiofficial ISNA news agency said the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e Zahab, about 520 kilometers west of Tehran, was near the epicenter of the quake. The quake struck at 6:55 p.m. local time. - 1/7/18

Iran's Interior Ministry rules out link between HAARP and recent earthquakes

- Deputy Interior Minister for Security and Law Enforcement Mohammad Hossein Zolfaqari has ruled out a link between repeated earthquakes in Iran and the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) project, saying the claim lacks scientific basis. HAARP was initiated as an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It was designed and built by BAE Advanced Technologies (BAEAT). - 12/28/17

Magnitude 4.2 quake rocks Iran's capital city Tehran

- A magnitude 4.2 quake shook Tehran at 12:54 AM on Wednesday and was felt by Tehran, Karaj and surrounding cities. According to initial reports, the epicenter of the tremor that happened at the depth of 12 kilometers, was the city of Malard on the border between Tehran and Alborz provinces. - 12/27/17

Asiatic Cheetah Cub Saved From Smugglers

- Following the arrest of an animal-trafficking band in Tehran, an Asiatic cheetah cub was discovered and required measures were taken for her protection, Iran's Department of Environment official website reported on Tuesday. - 12/27/17

Tehran earthquake a wakeup call for the region

- It should be reiterated that earthquakes in the Tehran-Karaj-Qazvin areas of the southern foothills of the mighty Alborz mountains, are foreseeable and inescapable. Instead of false and unrealistic statements, the authorities should prepare the citizens for the occurrence of large-magnitude earthquakes. They should seriously retrofit the vital structures, replace poorly constructed buildings, stop the corruption in the building industry, and enforce the "Iranian Code for Seismic-Resistant Buildings Design" -Manuel Berberian, Temblor - 12/27/17

Southeastern Iran Hit By Another Moderate Earthquake; 23 Reported Injured

- An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 rocked Iran's southeastern province of Kerman on December 21 and at least 23 people were injured, state TV said, only a day after two people were killed by a similar tremor near Tehran. Rescue teams were dispatched to the town of Kuhbanan, the epicenter of the latest quake, officials said. No deaths were reported. - 12/22/17

Roudsar Persian Leopard Arezoo Dies In Fight With Hedgehog

- Persian leopard Arezoo, well-known for being named after her habitat in Roudsar, northern Iran, was found dead apparently after a fight with a hedgehog. On February 5, the Roudsar leopard survived a complicated spinal surgery after getting caught in a trap. - 12/22/17

Tehran Municipality welcomes startup ideas to mitigate air pollution

- Tehran Municipality embraces new, innovative startup ideas to face the persistent challenge of air pollution, director of Tehran Municipality's ICT organization said on Tuesday. Tackling Tehran's air pollution requires more active interactions between [responsible] organizations and private sector and the municipality welcomes new startup ideas to face this challenge, Nasimonline quoted Mohammad Farjoud as saying. - 12/22/17

One Dead, Nearly 100 Injured After Earthquake Hits Near Iran's Capital Tehran

- Iranian officials say a woman died and nearly 100 people suffered minor injuries after an earthquake struck near Tehran late on December 20, sparking panic in the capital and neighboring areas. Authorities said on December 21 that the woman died in the town of Malard, close to the epicenter of the 5.2-magnitude earthquake, about 40 kilometers southwest of Tehran. In Tehran and other cities and towns, the latest quake sent panicked residents into the streets and parks, and tens of thousands of people braved the cold to spend the night outside, fearing stronger aftershocks. - 12/21/17

Weak aftershocks reduced risk of major quake in Iran's capital city Tehran: Official

- The head of Iran's Seismology Institute says the risk of a major earthquake in the capital city of Tehran has decreased as several weak aftershocks were registered following a magnitude 5.2 tremor, which affected six Iranian provinces. Ali Moradi said seven 2-3 magnitude aftershocks have been registered in Tehran so far, adding, "There is no more concern for larger tremors" after the major quake occurred, IRNA reported on Thursday. - 12/21/17

Air pollution shuts schools, cancels sports events in Iran's big cities

- Schools have been closed on Tuesday in Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz, Urmia, and Arak and sports events have been cancelled as a result of heavy air pollution. Schools have been closed on Tuesday in Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz, Urmia, and Arak and sports events have been cancelled as a result of heavy air pollution. - 12/20/17

Smog Prompts School Closures in Iran's capital Tehran

- Iranian authorities have shut down schools and canceled sporting events around Tehran due to thick smog covering the capital city. Authorities decided to close kindergartens and primary schools in all but two cities in the Tehran Province, which is home to around 14 million people, the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported on December 17. - 12/18/17

Southeastern Iran Hit By Two Strong Earthquakes; At Least 18 Injured

- Iran's southeastern province of Kerman has been hit by at least two strong quakes in recent days, injuring at least 18 people and damaging around 20 buildings, state media reported. The first quake of magnitude 5.9 struck on early on December 12 about 56 kilometers north of Kerman, a city with a population of more than 820,000. - 12/13/17

Tehran Earthquake Preparedness 'Woefully Low, Unacceptable': Official Warns

- Earthquake preparedness in the city of Tehran is woefully 'low' and 'unacceptable', Ismail Najjar, head of the state-run National Disaster Management Organization said on Thursday. Tehran is perched between no less than three major fault-lines. The Mosha, the Tehran, and the Rey fault lines are each on their own enough to bring down a city if they get active. - 12/2/17

Moderately Strong Quakes Hit Eastern Iran Near Kerman; Damage Reported

- Two moderately strong earthquakes hit eastern Iran in quick succession early on December 1. The U.S. Geological Survey said the first, a relatively strong magnitude 6.0 tremor, struck at a shallow depth close to the city of Kerman, which has a population of more than 821,000. - 12/1/17

Iran Quake Survivors Spend Second Night In Open As Death Toll Rises

- Thousands of people spent a second night in makeshift tents or out in the open as authorities downplayed hope for finding more survivors of a powerful earthquake near the Iran-Iraq border that killed hundreds of people. Iran's Kermanshah Province bore the brunt of the quake, with state media saying that at least 430 people died and about 7,000 others were injured in the country when the quake hit on November 12. - 11/14/17

Iran in Mourning After Earthquake that Killed 430

- Iran's state-run IRNA news agency said at least 430 people were reported dead and 7,000 others injured. Many of the victims were in Sarpol-e-Zahab in Iran's Kermanshah province. Iraq's Interior Ministry put the death toll there at seven people with 500 injured. The U.S. Geological Survey said quake was centered near the town of Halabja in Iraq's Kurdistan region and was felt as far away as Turkey and Israel. - 11/14/17

PHOTOS: Death And Destruction After Powerful Quake Near Iran-Iraq Border

- Rescue workers and desperate relatives dug through debris in a search for survivors after a powerful earthquake hit near the Iran-Iraq border. 395 Iranians were confirmed dead as of Monday afternoon. Over 6,650 others were also injured. Iran's Interior Ministry said on November 13 that most of the casualties were in Kermanshah Province, with residents reporting feeling the 7.3 magnitude quake throughout the region, from Turkey to Kuwait. - 11/13/17

Photos: Maskan-e Mehr government built affordable housing in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran damaged severely in quake

- Users in Iranian social media are particularly angry about the news of damages and casualties from Sarpol-e Zahab. This town is home to a government built apartment complex known as "Maskan-e Mehr" that were constructed during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presidency as an affordable housing project. These government housing complexes have been heavily damaged and angry users are asking questions about building safety standards. - 11/13/17

Endangered Persian Leopard "Arezoo" Released Back To Wild in Roudsar

- A Persian leopard that had been severely injured by getting caught in snare in February was fully recovered and released back to wild on Sunday. On February 5, Arezoo which is named after her habitat in Roudsar, northern Gilan province, was found while suffering from serious damages by getting caught in snare. - 11/7/17

Photos: Khartouran wildlife refuge home to 60 endangered Asiatic cheetahs

- Khar Turan National Park or Touran Wildlife Refuge is an Iranian National Park in Semnan province, southeast of Shahrud. The place is home to one of the largest populations of the critically endangered Asiatic cheetahs. Currently there are about 60 collars in the world, all of which are living in Iran. - 11/6/17



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