• Iran Makes Headway in  Protecting Ozone Layer

    As part of its commitments under Montreal Protocol on protecting the stratospheric ozone layer, Iran has managed to phase out around 9,800 tons of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) by upgrading and overhauling 1,378 manufacturing and service industries, Ebrahim Hajizadeh, director of National Ozone Layer Protection Plan, said on the occasion of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on Sunday. 
    “The release of ODSs have been controlled and reduced in 122 refrigerator manufacturing units as well as 66 assembling and 595 repair units, 454 vehicle air-conditioning repair shops and 47 sponge and spray producing factories,” the official said, IRNA reported.  
    In its future plans, national workgroups aims to complete the bank of halons to enable collecting the existing halons for recycling and reuse, develop regional cooperation to control illegal practices involving the harmful materials and devise a project on disposal of ODS-containing waste, according to Hajizadeh. 

Environment

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

  • Smoke From Hour al-Azim Wildfire Choking Khuzestan
    07/12/2018
    A huge wildfire that has been raging across Hour al-Azim wetland in the southwest of the country for around a week has spewed massive clouds of smoke toward several cities in Khuzestan Province...
  • Chinese Authorities Join Hands to Combat Beijing Pollution
    07/12/2018
    China's cabinet has launched a new cross-ministerial leadership group that will help draw up...  
  • DOE Stresses Prudent Cultivation Policies
    07/12/2018
    Head of the Department of Environment Isa Kalantari warned about the environmental implications of a national food self-sufficiency policy, singling out an escalating water crisis.  "We still keep...
  • Bird Hunting Permitted Barring Serious Outbreaks of Disease
    07/12/2018
    The Department of Environment will continue issuing bird-hunting licenses as a matter of course unless a serious outbreak of any special disease, such as the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI...
  • Fire Sweeps Through Hawizeh Marshes
    07/10/2018
    An environmental official said a wildfire raging in the Hawizeh Marshes, a complex of marshes straddling western borders with Iraq, has burned out on the Iranian side but was further spreading...
  • High Time to Step Up Waste Recycling
    07/10/2018
    Waste sorting at the source of generation is fundamental to any efficient waste management cycle, and in the eyes of waste management experts is an indispensable part of handling refuse. So why...
  • New Drive to Preserve   Wetlands in the Pipeline
    07/10/2018
    A new campaign focused on giving impetus to efforts to save the troubled wetlands and water bodies across the country will be launched nationwide in the coming days, announced a senior official at...
  • Rescuers Search for Survivors After Japan Floods Kill Over 110
    07/10/2018
    Rescuers in western Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after...
  • Tehran’s Whiteflies Absent But Lurking
    07/03/2018
    Over ten days into the summer, the capital’s swarming whiteflies have not appeared yet, but their arrival is almost certain as their host still exists in the city.  Tehran has been grappling with...
  • UK Boosts Anti-Wildlife Trafficking Funding
    07/03/2018
    With this week marking 100 days to go until the 2018 London Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, the...
  • Karkheh River to Offer  Relief to Thirsty Khuzestan
    07/03/2018
    Khuzestan’s Governor General Gholamreza Shariati said a project is underway to supply clean, drinkable water to the drought-stricken cities of Abadan and Khorramshahr within days, whose residents...
  • Gov’t Takes Initiative in Energy Saving
    07/03/2018
    The Interior Ministry has tasked all governor generals, particularly that of Tehran Province, to enact regulations on saving water and electricity in all state organizations. 
  • The affected woodlands in Bojnourd are mostly covered with juniper trees.
    07/03/2018
    The sweltering summer days are heating up with blazing fires hitting the forests in the northeast.  Qarkhoud protected area in Bojnourd County, North Khorasan Province, was reportedly struck by a...
  • Chinese Firm Halts Rare Earth Operations Over Environmental Breach
    07/03/2018
    State-owned Aluminum Corp of China, or Chinalco, said on Monday it told its rare earth...  
  • Soil Protection Motion Makes Headway
    07/03/2018
    A number of articles of the bill on soil protection were approved by parliament on Sunday based on which the Agriculture Ministry, the Department of Environment and directors of Free Trade Zones...
  • US Midwest, East Hit by Heat Wave
    07/01/2018
    A blistering heat wave sweeps the US Midwest and East on Saturday and Sunday, when...  
  • Iran Can Adapt to Water Tensions
    07/01/2018
    In a recent speech, Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said adaptation to water shortage is the government's key strategy today, assuring that Iran will be able to prevent disasters resulting from the...
  • Online Map Launched to Monitor Drought
    07/01/2018
    Iran's Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization has developed an online mapping system featuring drought patterns and hotspots of water crisis. The real-time maps allow the...
  • Air pollution contributed to 3.2 million new cases of diabetes globally in 2016.
    07/01/2018
    Air pollution caused one in seven new cases of diabetes in 2016, according to a US...  
  • DOE Defends  Policy on Hunting
    07/01/2018
    Following recent criticisms and complaints on social media and in cyberspace regarding the hunting permits issued by the Department of Environment, the organization elaborated on the matter in a...
  • Warmer Summer Days  Herald Dust, Ozone Pollution
    07/01/2018
    Tehran is predicted to see a temperature rise over the next two months, which could exacerbate dust and ozone pollution in the capital.   "Typically, July 6-September 6 is the hottest period of...
  • Afghan Envoy Says No Problem in Sharing Water
    06/29/2018
    Afghanistan's ambassador in Tehran says his country has been providing Iran's fair share of water from the Hirmand (also known as Helmand) river and positive developments have taken place regarding...
  • Mining in Nature Reserve Gets the Nod
    06/26/2018
    The Ministry of Industries has recently issued a permit for mining activity in Muteh Wildlife Refuge in Isfahan Province despite objection by the Department of Environment.  The head of the...
  • UK Launches Research Fund to Tackle Plastic Pollution
    06/26/2018
    The UK government has taken another step toward tackling plastic waste by creating a new £20 million...
  • Wildlife Vanishing in Kerman
    06/26/2018
    The extreme arid climate dominating the southeastern province of Kerman could destroy over 80% of the wildlife diversity by mid-fall if urgent action is not taken, a senior official at the...

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