• 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.

  • Trump Blocked From Ending Oil, Gas Waste Rule
    02/25/2018
    A US court temporarily blocked the administration of US President Donald Trump from delaying or ending an existing rule aimed at preventing oil and gas leaks during production, according to court...
  • Black Carbon in Tehran Air Declines
    02/25/2018
    Data from Tehran Air Quality Control Company (affiliated to Tehran Municipality) showed the ban on dilapidated and polluting heavy vehicles in the city has reduced the amount of black carbon in the...
  • DOE officials hope to gradually expand the scheme to other organizations.
    02/25/2018
    The Department of Environment insists on continuing the prohibition imposed on the use of plastic water bottles in its offices, although the plan has faced the objection of groups who call it...
  • BMW Recalls Thousands of Diesel Cars Over Emissions
    02/25/2018
    German high-end carmaker BMW on Friday recalled thousands of diesel cars for a software update, after reports it had admitted to authorities they released more harmful emissions on the road than in...
  • Atlantic Shark Discovered
    02/25/2018
    Scientists have discovered a species of shark that makes its home in the Atlantic Ocean.  This particular family of the deep-sea predators was so elusive that it took scientists decades to identify...
  • Car Washes Monitoring Underway
    02/25/2018
    The Department of Environment has launched a scheme to monitor all car washes operating in the capital in the next two months to detect polluting units and prevent environmental contamination, a...
  • Potable Water for Sistan Village
    02/22/2018
    A water treatment plant has been built in the water-stressed village of Azati in Sarbaz County of Sistan-Baluchestan Province to supply drinking water for villagers with the financial support of...
  • US Teenager Jailed for Smuggling Tiger Across Mexico Border
    02/22/2018
    A US teenager has been sentenced to six months in prison after he was found guilty of trying to smuggle a Bengal tiger cub across the US-Mexico border. The six-week-old cub was found in a box on...
  • Int’l Environment, Energy Exhibition Opens
    02/22/2018
    The International Exhibition on Environment, Renewable Energy and Energy Saving opened at Tehran's permanent fairground on Wednesday.  Authorities from the Department of Environment, Renewable...
  • Cape Town Pushes Back 'Day Zero'
    02/22/2018
    South Africa’s drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for “Day Zero,” when taps are expected to run dry, to July 9 from June 4 due to a decline in water usage, the city’s...
  • There are three natural wetlands in Tehran Province namely Bandalikhan, Qanbarabad and Eshqabad.
    02/22/2018
    While the capital is struggling with smoggy days, environmental experts and authorities have begun warning about the impending arrival of another type of pollution: dust storms. The residents of...
  • Pesticide Traced in Most French Fruits, Vegetables
    02/22/2018
    Almost three-quarters of fruit and more than two-fifths of non-organic vegetables contain traces of pesticide in France, with grapes and celery the most affected, a report said on Tuesday. Samples...
  • DOE Seeks Green Tax
    02/22/2018
    The Department of Environment has called on the parliament to revise the bill on environmental tax expenditure to help develop green industries. The code on environmental tax obliges industries to...
  • DOE Monitors Waste Burning
    02/18/2018
    Illegal waste burning in Tehran's districts 18 and 19 has raised concerns among...
  • Smog Persists in China Despite Firecracker Ban
    02/18/2018
    Despite more cities than ever banning residents from setting off firecrackers to ring in the...
  • Strong Quake Jolts SE Mexico
    02/18/2018
    A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southeastern Mexico on Friday night, with the epicenter in...
  • More Dust to Descend on Khuzestan
    02/18/2018
    Shortly after rain improved the poor air quality in Khuzestan, more dust was predicted to...
  • Pollution Control Loosens Under Trump administration
    02/18/2018
    The US Environmental Protection Agency levied around half the average number of...  
  • Wild Elephant Kills 2 Women  in Nepal
    02/15/2018
    A wild elephant killed two women outside their home near a wildlife reserve in southeastern Nepal, local...
  • German automakers are willing to collaborate with Iran to replace the transport fleet.
    02/15/2018
    Iran and Germany discussed areas of collaboration to address Iran's environmental challenges. 
  • Air Quality in SW Iran Critical
    02/15/2018
    The haze of dust enveloping Iran's southwestern provinces is most likely to be blown away...  
  • Urmia's water level has been stabilized and the next target is to restore its ecological level.
    02/15/2018
    The imperiled Urmia Lake in northwest Iran shrunk by 248 square kilometers over the past...
  • Crop stubble burning caused one-quarter of the air pollution that blanketed Delhi in November.
    02/15/2018
    The Indian government’s plan to spend $230 million over two years to prevent crop residue burning is...
  • JICA Grant Aid to Help Study Emissions in Tehran
    02/12/2018
    A memorandum of understanding was signed on Monday between Tehran Air Quality Control...
  • Tehran Air Unhealthy for All Groups
    02/05/2018
    Tehran’s Air Quality index rose to reach 173 on Monday evening that was unhealthy for all groups 

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