• 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.

  • mohammad javad zarif 2017-05-28 09:38

    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.