• The Persian Gulf and the Oman Sea catchment area in the south has registered the biggest decline in rainfall.

    Despite the promising springtime rainfalls that improved the figures for the season, the total precipitation is still 29% below its long-term average, a senior official at Iran Meteorological Organization said.
    The country has received a total amount of 70 millimeters of rainfall during the first three months of the current Iranian year (started March 21), which shows a 35 % rise compared to last spring, the head of National Drought Warning and Monitoring Center Sadeq Ziaian noted.
    "The rainfalls are almost 27% higher than the long-term average of 55mm for the spring season," ISNA quoted Ziaian as saying.

Environment

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

  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...  
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...  
  • 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...
  • 05/08/2018
    Environmental activists in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai claimed victory after the...
  • $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. ...
  • Urmia Lake has been facing serious drought for years.
    05/03/2018
    The document on the fifth phase of the international project on Urmia Lake’s restoration was signed on Monday by officials with Iran’s Department of Environment and the office of the United Nations...
  • Magnitude 5.2 Temblor Hits  Southwest Iran
    05/03/2018
    A 5.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province southwest of Iran on Wednesday morning, injuring more than fifty people. It occurred at 8:38 a.m. local time and its epicenter...
  • Central US Battered by Tornado
    05/03/2018
    A powerful storm system bringing high winds, hail and thunderstorms pounded several central US...
  • The population of the Azerbaijan newt has been recorded in West Azerbaijan Province.
    05/03/2018
    The Azerbaijan Newt which has been listed among species in danger of extinction was spotted and documented in northwestern Iran for the first time, an environmental official said.   Majid...
  • Rainfall to Keep Feeding Thirsty Soil
    05/03/2018
    The recent favorable springtime precipitation prevailing in most areas of the country will persist until late May, the head of Monitoring Network at Iran Meteorological Organization said. Experts...
  • Devastating Flash Floods Inundate Central Somalia
    05/03/2018
    United Nations agencies in Somalia have stepped up their response in the wake of devastating flash...
  • Land Subsidence a Growing Concern
    05/01/2018
    Land subsidence in Iran is way too close to a perilous point to be compared to the global standard set by international land subsidence associations, a senior environment official at the Department...
  • UN Climate Change Talks Underway
    05/01/2018
    Governments are meeting for the next round of UN climate change negotiations from April 30 to May...

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