• 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.

  • Illicit Mining at Hormuz Island Put on Hold
    06/12/2018
    Authorities in the southern province of Hormozgan moved to stop unauthorized mining activity in Hormuz Island that had sparked a firestorm of protest on social media. The island is a popular...
  • Non-Native Species Carried Into US Lakes by Ballast Water
    06/12/2018
    A new study on ballast water discharge has found Great Lakes ships are moving non-native...  
  • Motion in the Making to  Cap Marine Sulfur Levels
    06/12/2018
    A draft bill on the global limit for sulphur in fuel oil used by ships has been recently prepared and proposed to the Cabinet for approval. Jointly drafted by the Department of Environment and...
  • India to Host World Environment Day
    06/03/2018
    World Environment Day is to be celebrated on June 5 in India on the theme of Beat Plastic Pollution.
  • Recent Downpours No Manmade Phenomenon
    06/03/2018
    The head of Iran Meteorological Organization has denied the speculations that the recent downpours across Iran have resulted from cloud seeding projects or other human efforts. "Over the current...
  • Inevitable inbreeding among the limited number of deer on Ashk Island has decreased genetic variability among the species.
    06/03/2018
    Low genetic diversity is becoming a serious concern over the survival of the scarce Persian fallow deer on Ashk Island in Urmia Lake, West Azarbaijan Province, the director of wildlife office at...
  • The EU is to increase its funding for LIFE program by 60% to €5.45 billion in its next long-term budget.
    06/03/2018
    For the next long-term EU budget for 2021-2027, the European Commission is proposing to increase...
  • Over the last several days, the concentration of ozone among the air pollutants has increased.
    06/03/2018
    High concentrations of ozone near ground level along with dust particles will diminish the capital's air quality over the coming summer days, officials at Air Quality Control Company have forecast...
  • Expert Sheds Light  on Flood Risk
    05/29/2018
    Iran's Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization has warned over 55% or about 91million hectares of national watersheds are highly exposed to flood hazards. Around 41.5% of Iran's...
  • Veolia Stands to Gain Amid China Waste Crackdown
    05/29/2018
    French water and waste services firm Veolia Environnement SA sees opportunities in China from...
  • Policies aim to avoid water-use restrictions by giving priority to other strategies.
    05/29/2018
    Water rationing is among the various scenarios on agenda to contain the water crisis in metropolises such as Tehran in the upcoming summer, though the authorities pledge that it will be a last...
  • Florida on Edge in Face of Subtropical Storm
    05/29/2018
    Thousands have been evacuated from the coast of Florida as the region braces for subtropical storm Alberto...  
  • Local Birders Catch Sight of New Species
    05/29/2018
    Seven new bird species have been sighted since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 21) in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Province by environmentalists, increasing the number of recorded species...
  • Europe Moves to Tackle Marine Pollution
    05/29/2018
    The European Commission has tabled an important legal proposal to tackle marine litter.  
  • Persian Onager Population Up a Notch
    05/29/2018
    The birth of a female Persian onager on Saturday at Panj Angosht preservation site in Abarkouh County, Yazd Province, increased the number of the rare mammal to 18 individuals in the site, head of...
  • Green Light to Diesel Ban in Germany
    05/22/2018
    German cities have been given the go-ahead to ban older diesel cars from their roads with immediate effect.
  • Urmia in Better State After Rainfalls
    05/22/2018
    Water level of the long-time embattled Urmia Lake in northwest Iran has risen by 5cm over the past week thanks to the springtime precipitation, the head of Urmia Lake Restoration Project said.  “...
  • Wildlife Wetland Struggling Against Contaminants
    05/22/2018
    Kanibarazan Wetland, a top bird-watching spot in Mahabad County, West Azarbaijan Province, is fighting a battle against contamination, a senior official at the Department of Environment warned. ...
  • At Least 15 Killed in Somaliland Tropical Cyclone
    05/22/2018
    At least 15 people have died in Somaliland after heavy rains caused by tropical cyclone Sagar which...
  • Iran, EU Vow to Uphold Climate Obligations
    05/22/2018
    Iran and the European Union renewed their commitment to the 2015 Paris accord on curbing the global warming. “Domestic legal procedures are underway to finalize an approval for joining the pact,”...
  • Expert Warning on Killer Fungi
    05/22/2018
    A biology expert has warned against eating wild mushrooms that have grown extensively across natural areas following the recent rainfalls and have poisoned dozens of citizens.  Hossein Riahi, a...
  • Cheetah Back on Team Melli Apparel
    05/22/2018
    In response to widespread criticism by environmental groups, the image of Asiatic cheetah was finally added to the Iranian national football team’s apparel, although in a smaller size than expected...
  • 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...  
  • 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. "...

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