• Green campaigners passing on environmental messages 2017-09-14 02:18

    Green campaigners passing on environmental messages

    TEHRAN — Despite the scorching hot days of summer green campaigners didn’t stop passing on environmental messages over the last but one week of the Iranian calendar month of Shahrivar (August 23- September 22).

  • Isa Kalantari 2017-09-14 02:12

    MP warns to seek answers from environment chief on GMOs, biodiversity

    TEHRAN — A parliamentarian has threatened to seek answers from the new environment chief regarding his recent controversial comments on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and biodiversity.

  • Maryam Qarehgozlou 2017-09-05 20:24

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Is Iran’s environment chief seeing the bigger picture?

    TEHRAN — Isa Kalantari, the new director of the Department of Environment, is now in charge of one of the most criticized and challenged organizations in the country.

  • lake urmia 2017-09-05 08:51

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Budget deficit could delay Lake Urmia’s revival: environment chief

    TEHRAN — Lake Urmia is already saved from total dryness, however, budget deficit might postpone the lake’s full restoration, the chief of the Department of Environment said on Monday.

  • Isa Kalantari 2017-08-27 19:43

    Opponents of GMOs have no scientific proof: environment chief

    TEHRAN — Those voicing their opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have no scientific or convincing proof, Iran’s chief of the Department of Environment said on Saturday.

  • Couple tie the knot, pledge to plant thousand-plus trees 2017/08/22

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Environment matters: Couple tie the knot, pledge to plant thousand-plus trees

    TEHRAN — In a symbolic gesture to safeguard the environment a young bride from the western province of Ilam made the groom to pledge to plant 1372 trees as her “mahr” - a mandatory payment paid or promised to pay by the groom under Islamic law.

  • Environment chiefs of Iran from left to right: Eskandar Firuz,Taqi Ebtekar, Reza-Hossein Mirzataheri, Hadi Manafi, Fatemeh Vaez-Javadi, Mohammad Javad Mohammadizadeh, Masoumeh Ebtekar, Isa Kalantari  2017-08-20 19:36

    Environment chiefs of Iran in a snapshot

    TEHRAN — Since the establishment of Iran’s Department of Environment (DOE) in 1967 ten persons have taken over its presidency.

  • Igor Khorozyan 2017-08-20 10:50

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Digging deep into human-carnivore conflicts in Iran

    Human-carnivore conflicts is rapidly increasing in Iran. For instance just recently a young boy who was tending his sheep was attacked by a black bear on July 10, 2017 on the outskirts of a village in Jiroft, southeastern province of Kerman.

  • First vice president Jahangiri (R) is shaking hand with the new chief of environment Kalantari with former environment chief Ebtekar standing in the background.  2017-08-16 01:52

    New environment chief warns of ‘disastrous’ water scarcity

    TEHRAN — Water scarcity is Iran’s major concern and the situation is ‘disastrous’, the newly-appointed environment chief Isa Kalantari said on Monday.

  • Hircanian forests 2017-08-13 20:08

    Endangered Hircanian forests saved against mining exploration

    TEHRAN — The governor general of the northern province of Mazandaran has rescinded a permit for mining exploration across 11,000 hectares of Hircanian forests in a move toward saving valuable, yet endangered natural resources.

  • Isa Kalantari 2017-08-13 20:04

    Kalantari appointed new environment chief

    TEHRAN — President Hassan Rouhani in a decree on Sunday appointed Isa Kalantari as the vice president and the new chief of the Department of Environment.

  • waxwing 2017/08/02

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Waxwing poaching in Iran on the rise

    Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Pardisan Park have been facing an immense number of wildlife illegal trades; unfortunately poaching and illegal trade is all-encompassing. Many species are added to the list of poaching currently, but waxwing poaching is unprecedented and the species is doomed to extinction.

  • renewable energies 2017-07-29 17:01

    Iranian cabinet adopts macro strategy to fulfill Paris Agreement

    TEHRAN — The cabinet of ministers has devised and adopted a new macro strategy on energy to fulfill Paris Agreement by maximizing energy efficiency and lowering greenhouse gasses emission, environment chief said on Friday.

  • Sadabad complex to host ancient Amurdad celebration 2017-07-27 15:54

    Sadabad complex to host ancient Amurdad celebration

    TEHRAN - The Sadabad Cultural-Historical Complex in Tehran will hold ancient Amurdad celebration that its philosophy accentuates protecting nature and the environment.

  • Woodpeckers of Barzok 2017/07/27

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Woodpeckers of Barzok are affected by asymmetrical pattern of development

    Most woodpeckers are tied to tree habitats but dwell on a wide variety of species of trees regardless of their age and size.

  • environment 2017-07-12 13:58

    Green meetings seeking environmental consciousness

    TEHRAN — Environmentalists and NGOs can play a significant role in raising awareness and channeling efforts into promoting environmental values and protecting it.

  • air pollution 2017-07-10 09:23

    Clean air bill projected to create 10,000 green jobs

    TEHRAN — The clean air bill, proposed by the Department of Environment to curb air pollution, is projected to generate some 10,000 green jobs over the course of the sixth five-year national development plan (2016-2021), an environmental official said.

  • UNESCO 2017-07-10 09:22

    UNESCO delivering ethics teachers’ training course in Iran

    TEHRAN - UNESCO and the Iranian university of environment will co-host an ethics teachers’ training course in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, from July 9-13.

  • Desert monitor,Varanus griseus, photo by Mina Ezzati 2017/07/07

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Lizards in depth

    Over 4,675 species of lizard found around the world, according to the San Diego Zoo. Some sources raised the number and pointed to approximately 6,000 species. Lizards are found all over the world in almost every type of terrain. Some of them live in trees, some confined to deserts and some being in contact with rocks.

  • Gahar Lake 2017-07-05 12:41

    Gahar Lake convenes environment lovers

    TEHRAN - Environment lovers and environmentalists from around Iran gathered together on Wednesday at Gahar Lake, a freshwater lake located on the slopes of Oshtorankuh Mountain, western Lorestan province.

  • ECO 2017-07-05 09:17

    Tehran to host ECO workshop on combating desertification

    TEHRAN -- The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) secretariat in Tehran will hold a project development consultation workshop on combating on July 5-6.

  • Mohammad Tajeran 2017-06-28 19:15

    By Setareh Behroozi

    ‘Light and simple life opens windows to beautiful places every morning’

    Mohammad Tajeran, 41, packed his life in a 60-liter rucksack 11 years ago and began cycling around the world aiming to promote the protection of environment.

  • محیط زیست مورد تهدید زمین 2017-06-18 10:36

    Iran, UN sign MOU on carbon sequestration

    TEHRAN – A memorandum of understanding was signed between Iran and the United Nations for the third phase of a carbon sequestration program in four Iranian provinces on Saturday.

  • pet exhibition 2017-06-18 10:21

    Tehran to host pet accessories exhibit

    TEHRAN – The 3rd Pet Accessories Exhibition will be held from July 25 to 28 at Tehran’s Milad Tower.

  • high-occupancy vehicle lanes 2017-06-17 19:21

    HOVs to ease traffic congestion, air pollution in Tehran

    TEHRAN — Tehran Municipality is planning on introducing high-occupancy vehicle lanes in two of the expressways in the capital with the goal of reducing traffic congestion and air pollution.

  • spotted owl 2017/06/12

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Spotted owls facing their nemesis

    Spotted owl upper parts are brown, colder and darker with white spots; dusky facial disc with broad white patch over and below the eyes, forming broad white spectacles, crown and nape finely spotted white. When perched, a broad white collar around the front of the neck is distinctive; under-parts strongly barred or spotted. Juveniles are gingery, with diffuse barring below. As mentioned before, spotted owls are crepuscular but frequently seen in daytime.

  • wildfire 2017-06-12 09:42

    95% of wildfires in Iran are human-caused: official

    TEHRAN — Some 95 percent of wildfires which occur in Iran are rooted in human factors, an official with Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization said.

  • Waste 2017-06-11 20:09

    Municipalities unsuccessful in waste management: DOE

    TEHRAN — Municipalities have so far failed to perform effective waste management nationwide, the deputy director of the Department of Environment said on Saturday.

  • جایزه محیط زیست 2017-06-07 09:36

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou 

    Iran marks World Environment Day with national award 

    TEHRAN — On the occasion of the World Environment Day, June 5, Iran’s Department of Environment held a special ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday, conferring a national award on a number of exemplary people for their environmental achievements.

  • Shadegan International Wetland 2017-05-29 19:59

    Iranians launch campaign to prevent Turkey to dry up wetland

    TEHRAN – Some 5,000 Iranians have signed a petition that has been sent to UN chief Antonio Guterres, calling on Turkey to stop building dams which dry up the Tigris river in Iraq and consequently Hoor al-Azim wetland in southwestern Iran.