• The Paris pact was ratified by the Cabinet and parliament but faced objection by the Guardians Council.

    As the international Paris climate agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions will impose certain obligations, Iran needs to take every precaution before coming fully on board to prevent future challenges with the global community. The agreement aims to reduce the threat of global climate change by keeping the temperature rise well below 2° Celsius and possibly even lower to 1.5° C. 
    It was adopted by 196 parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015. As of May 2018, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, and 176 have become party to the pact. 
    Iran's Intended Nationally Determined Contribution involves the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 4% unconditionally and by 8% on condition of sanctions relief. The pact was ratified by the Cabinet and parliament but faced objection by the Guardians Council and was referred back to the Majlis for further review. 

Environment

Iran environment news, Read the latest environment news on Iran, including news on wetlands, wildlife, pollution, urbanization and sea life.

  • Pastures Threatened by Overgrazing
    05/20/2018
    Excessive grazing is rapidly eroding the vegetation cover of national pastures that provide a lifeline for thousands of nomads and villagers, according to an ISNA report published on Thursday. "...
  • Iran's Shorelines in Jeopardy by Construction
    05/20/2018
    Hardly any stretch of the northern Caspian Sea coastline is left pristine, and Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman shores are threatened by human activity and urban development. Iran boasts over 5,800...
  • China's Arable Lands on the Decline
    05/20/2018
    China's total arable land declined for a fourth consecutive year in 2017 as a result of new construction...  
  • Portugal Gov't Defends Controversial Oil Project
    05/20/2018
    The Portuguese government on Friday defended its decision not to order an environmental impact...  
  • The Paris pact was ratified by the Cabinet and parliament but faced objection by the Guardians Council.
    05/20/2018
    As the international Paris climate agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions will impose certain obligations, Iran needs to take every precaution before coming fully on board to prevent future...
  • Landmark Deal to Preserve Precious Sequoia Grove
    05/20/2018
    A San Francisco conservation group has signed a deal to buy the world's second-largest sequoia grove...  
  • Clampdown on Industrial Emission Cheating
    05/17/2018
    Iran's Department of Environment plans to overhaul its real-time electronic system of environmental checks on industrial facilities to crack down on any attempt to tamper with pollution reading,...
  • A portion of ULRP's budget for this year  has been earmarked to  fund an educational  scheme at local schools
    05/17/2018
    Through water transfer and shrub planting projects, the Urmia Lake Restoration Project has managed to control and settle down 70% of salt particles on the lake's bed, according to the provincial...
  • Wild Panda Cubs Sighted in China Quake Site
    05/17/2018
    Wildlife monitoring cameras have captured a pair of wild panda cubs in a natural reserve in an...
  • Zarivar Livens Up  With Migrating Birds
    05/17/2018
    Zarivar Lake in Kordestan Province has been host to over 12,000 aquatic birds since the beginning of the spring, giving the lake a new life, a senior official at the Department of Environment said...
  • Alagol Wetland Well-Fed
    05/17/2018
    The long embattled Alagol international wetland in Golestan Province has been flooded thanks to the recent springtime precipitations and the dredging of upstream areas. "Dredging the canal by the...
  • UN Chief Sounds Warning on Climate Change
    05/17/2018
    None of the world's challenges loom as large as climate change, the United Nations chief told a major...
  • Ferocious Storms Kill 2 in US Northeast
    05/17/2018
    Powerful storms carrying high winds, torrential rain and hail slammed heavily populated parts of the...
  • Habitat Destruction Threatens Iranian Bats
    05/15/2018
    The growing cases of violent onslaughts on the habitats of bats in search of their nests are posing a grave threat to the species living in Iran. Tahereh Eftekhari, deputy for Natural History and...
  • Fierce Dust Storms Ravage India, Over 60 Dead
    05/15/2018
    Over 60 people have died in fierce dust storms across four Indian states since Sunday...  
  • Rare Bird Sighted in Bushehr
    05/15/2018
    A rare species of oystercatcher has been recently spotted around the coastline of Bandar Ganaveh in the southern province of Bushehr, the head of the provincial Department of Environment office...
  • London to Introduce Zero-Emission Zones in 2020
    05/15/2018
    The mayor of London says he wants to bring forward the introduction of zero-emission zones in some...  
  • Need to Recognize Persistent  Drought to Push Adaptation
    05/15/2018
    A wide acknowledgement of Iran's persistent drought is essential to prompting both authorities and the public to more seriously consider techniques to adapt to the arid condition, a senior official...
  • Initiative to Protect Venomous Snakes
    05/15/2018
    A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Department of Environment and the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute in a recent meeting to ensure protection for endangered species of...
  • $37m in NDFI Loans for Environmental Projects
    05/08/2018
    Bank Sepah has pledged to allocate some $37 million from the resources of the National Development Fund of Iran under its authority to environmental schemes in the form of low-interest loans. ...
  • Australia Unveils $34m Plan to Save Koala
    05/08/2018
    Australia unveiled on Monday a $34 million plan to help bring its koala population back from...  
  • Park Rangers Bill Closer to Approval
    05/08/2018
    The bill on legal support for park rangers drafted by the Department of Environment in July 2016 was approved by the Majlis Judicial and Legal Commission in a Sunday session. According to the bill...
  • 05/08/2018
    Environmental activists in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai claimed victory after the...
  • Confab on Hyrcanian  Forests' UNESCO Status
    05/08/2018
    The eighth conference on UNESCO's consideration of the world heritage status of ancient Hyrcanian forests in northern Iran is slated to end today in Golestan Province. "The two-day meeting is held...
  • Iran's average precipitation rate has been lower than the global average for at least 10 years.
    05/08/2018
    The central plateau catchment area, the vastest among the six primary drainage basins inside Iran, is hopelessly struggling in a battle against drought these days. This is not a new challenge, as...

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