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    Iran’s MS Society adopts white stork as its symbol

    TEHRAN — Iran’s Multiple Sclerosis Society adopted white stork as its symbol over a ceremony held in Tehran on Friday on the occasion of the World MS Day, May 31.

  • Lorestan newt 2017-05-21 09:26

    Salamander habitats monitoring schemes get underway

    TEHRAN — Iran has recently started implementing schemes with the aim of monitoring salamander habitats nationwide, IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.

  • Hassan Rouhani talks with commuters in a subway in Tehran to encourage people to use public transport to control air pollution 2017/05/17

    By Ali Mirchi and Kaveh Madani

    Will Iran's next president care enough to put the environment first?

    Four years ago one of the candidates in Iran’s presidential election made himself popular by promising to save Lake Urmia, one of the world’s largest saltwater lakes that was on the cusp of disappearing. Now, President Hassan Rouhani proudly recounts that promise, citing Urmia’s current state as an environmental success story made possible by prudent decision-making. Recent intense rainfalls and subsequent floods have come to Rouhani’s help, earning Urmia a spot on the catalogue of the accomplishments of his administration.

  • Iran inaugurates 46th nature school 2017-05-15 09:22

    Iran inaugurates 46th nature school

    TEHRAN — The 46th nature school across Iran was inaugurated in the city of Sanandaj, western province of Kordestan, on Saturday.

  • ranger 2017-05-15 09:22

    Dept. of Environment seeking legal immunity for rangers

    TEHRAN — Iran’s Department of Environment (DOE) is seeking immunity from criminal prosecution for rangers within the framework of a bill proposed to the cabinet in January.

  • Termeh, a wolf kept in captivity in Pardisan park 2017/05/15

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Wolves’ precarious future in Iran

    Over the last two weeks, two children from Zanjan Province were attacked by wolves. On 13 May one of these wolves was shot dead. This is the sad story of wolves in Iran. Wherever wolves come into contact with people, the animals are regarded as dangerous pests who will- given the chance- kill people and livestock. They are poisoned, trapped and shot not only for their conviction, but also for human fear.

  • Egyptian vulture 2017/05/02

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Birds of prey: Egyptian vulture

    Including some of Iran’s biggest birds, the vultures soar high up, using superb eyesight to spot potential food on the ground: they eat meat, preferably freshly dead animals. They need warm, rising air or up-draughts and live in mountainous areas. Vultures, such as Egyptian Vulture, have very long wings, soaring on warm air with little expenditure of energy.

  • Yoshihiro Seki (L) and Masoumeh Ebtekar 2017-04-30 19:07

    Iranian, Japanese experts to look into crippling dust storms in Khuzestan

    TEHRAN — A delegation of Iranian and Japanese experts will travel on Monday to Khuzestan province, southwestern Iran, to look into the issue of dust storms which has been turned into a predicament in the region.

  • earth day gathering 2017-04-24 08:38

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Sad stories on the Earth

    Environmental issues have increasingly become an essential topic not just in newspapers but also on TV too. Some experts believe that it is an urgent priority to use the power of TV for helping to heal the scars the Earth is bearing.

  • Hassan Rouhani 2017-04-23 17:48

    Sustainable management, environment protection lead to urban health: Rouhani

    TEHRAN — Sustainable management and environment protection pave the way for urban health, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.

  • Persian squirrel 2017-04-17 08:45

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Why some species are kept in zoos?

    Many questions arise concerning keeping animals in the zoos around the world. Richard Primack B. Primack in the book of “A primer of conservation biology” page 200 of chapter 6 wrote: “Zoos, along with affiliated universities, government wildlife departments, and conservation organizations, presently maintain 500,000 terrestrial vertebrate individuals, representing almost 8000 species and subspecies of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians." But there are some protests here in Iran against the presence of species such as Persian squirrel, brown bear and also birds such as flamingos in the zoos. What is the reason for this?

  • air pollution 2017-04-13 08:21

    Dept. of Environment authorized to shut down pollutant industries

    TEHRAN — The Department of Environment has been authorized to shut down pollutant industries worsening the effects of air pollution in metropolises of the country, Nasimonline reported.

  • invasive species (Photo by Farnaz Heidari) 2017-04-11 12:24

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Iran’s reckless disregard in the face of invasive species

    Introduced species, species living outside its native distributional range arrived there by human activity, either deliberate or accidental, are responsible for about 40% of historic extinctions. Most of these data come from mammals and birds for which there is more information.

  • vehicle inspection 2017-04-06 09:02

    Environment dept. disapprove of new vehicle inspection law

    TEHRAN — The deputy chief of the Department of Environment has voiced his objection to the newly approved vehicle inspection law mandating the reduction of five-year interval for vehicle inspection to four years.

  • Sizdah Bedar 2017-03-31 10:59

    Plastic industries, environmental bodies campaign for litter-free Nature Day  

    TEHRAN —A group of plastic industry owners in association with Tehran Province Department of Environment have joined hands to campaign for a litter-free Nature Day observed on April 2.

  • معصومه ابتکار رئیس سازمان حفاظت از محیط زیست 2017-03-28 12:58

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Time ripe in New Year to rethink our environmental responsibilities

    TEHRAN — The coincidence of the Iranian new year with spring implies that everything is about to revive in the upcoming year, particularly the environment.

  • Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is planting a sapling 2017-03-08 18:24

    Leader highlights preserving vegetation

    TEHRAN — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday emphasized the need to preserve vegetation, urging officials to take measures against forest encroachment.

  • fox 2017-03-06 13:39

    By Farnaz Heidari

    The importance of common fox in Iran

    The ecology of the common fox is of interest because of high adaptability. This species is found in all regions of Iran with the exception of the northern forests and the drier parts of the central deserts, where it is replaced by the sand fox. In Europe common fox (or red fox) is a reddish color but in Iran it is usually a buff grey-brown with a browner back. In North America, however, there are many distinct color varieties, with up to 20 percent of red foxes being black or silver.

  • climate change 2017-03-02 13:15

    ‘Solving environmental woes requires national co-op’

    TEHRAN — Resolving environmental problems requires national determination and cooperation, a professor and former MP has said, Ana reported on Monday. 

  • planting memorial tree 2017-02-26 08:57

    Iranian, foreign officials plant memorial tree in Tehran

    TEHRAN — Iranian and foreign officials planted a memorial tree in Pardisan Park nations’ garden on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of 16th International Environment Exhibition on Friday.

  • zarif 2017-02-25 09:29

    Zarif urges regional co-op on environment

    TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for collective efforts on Friday to be made by all neighboring countries to tackle environmental challenges. 

  • محیط زیست 2017-02-22 09:11

    16th Intl. Environment Exhibition to open on Friday

    TEHRAN — The 16th International Environment Exhibition will open at the Tehran Permanent International Fairground on Friday.

  • dust storm 2017-02-21 18:23

    Ebtekar urges Iraq to join hands with Iran to tackle dust storms

    TEHRAN — The chief of Iran’s Department of Environment has urged Iraq to take effective measures to get the grips with dust storms in collaboration with Iran.

  • Nature school in Pardisan Park, Tehran 2017-02-11 08:59

    42nd nature school opens in Iran

    TEHRAN — The 42nd nature school in Iran, stretching two hectares in area, opened in Pardisan Park, northwestern Tehran, on Wednesday, IRNA reported.

  • white tiger 2017/01/30

    By Farnaz Heidari

    White tigers attraction

    Tigers used to occur in Asia as far west as Turkey, and isolated populations developed into different subspecies. The subspecies of tigers consist of Bengal tiger (Indian), South China tiger, Malayan tiger, Indochinese tiger, Sumatran tiger, Siberian tiger (Amur), Bali tiger, Javan tiger, and Caspian tiger (Hyrcanian). The last three subspecies are extinct. Along with the Bengal tiger, the white tiger is considered to be the second largest tiger in the world after the Siberian tiger. But what is the white tiger?

  • Photo by Ada Natoli 2017-01-22 18:49

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Dolphins, the most appreciated marine mammals in Persian Gulf

    The dolphins are highly social, intelligent animals. They form close, cooperative “friendships” with each other, and some individuals will even seek out human contact.

  • green transportation 2017-01-18 17:31

    Tehran taking steps toward green transportation

    TEHRAN — Tehran is gradually taking steps toward establishing green transportation in crowded neighborhoods by unveiling hybrid and electric vehicles and bikes.

  • Deputy environment chief Saeed Motesaddi (C) and Industry Minister Mohammadreza Ne’matzadeh (R) are seeing two electric motorcycles showcased on the sidelines of the conference. 2017-01-17 18:41

    Environmental protection, industrial development intertwined: minister

    TEHRAN — Protecting the environment and developing the industry are directly linked, Industry, Mining and Trade Minister Mohammadreza Ne’matzadeh said on Tuesday.

  • clean air 2017-01-15 17:43

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Green tax should help expand environmental infrastructure: official

    TEHRAN — Municipalities should spend taxes collected from pollutant industries to develop environmental infrastructure in cities, deputy director of Iran's Department of Environment Saeed Motesaddi said on Sunday.

  • deforestation 2017-01-14 17:10

    Administration assigned by new environmental protection laws

    TEHRAN — Iran’s parliament (Majlis) on Thursday approved bills, mandating the administration to ensure the implementation of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and environmental impact assessment (EIA).