air pollution


  • A view of Tehran on a day with clean air quality 2018-04-03 20:39

    Unprecedented air pollution in Tehran during Noruz

    TEHRAN — For Tehraners, the New Year holidays (Noruz) are typically synonymous with clean air, but this year’s air quality went down for five days out of the thirteen-day holidays.

  • air pollution 2018-03-27 10:19

    Tehraners breathe air fouled by fine particles during holidays

    TEHRAN — The residents of the Iranian capital breathed air fouled by fine particles during the Iranian New Year holidays, also known as Noruz, starting on March 21.

  • an unveiling ceremony of 46 new cars on Thursday 2018-03-16 19:29

    Tehran metro short of 1,300 cars: mayor

    TEHRAN — The Tehran metro is experiencing overcrowding as it is short of some 1,300 cars, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Ali Najafi said.

  • Developing green learning spaces on agenda 2018-03-07 18:15

    Developing green learning spaces on agenda

    TEHRAN — The new learning spaces and settings will be green and developed in line with environmental friendly policies, director general for Tehran province organization for development, renovation, and equipping of school said on Tuesday.

  • Photo by Sascha Schuermann / Getty Images 2018-02-28 21:52

    By Mohammad Ali Haqshenas

    Faced with e-waste

    Fortunately for us, we are living in a world where the speed of emerging new technologies and electronic devices increasingly eases many of our daily tasks. These amazing rapid changes encourage or even sometimes force users to buy new devices. And what happens to the old ones? Either they are temporarily stocked at storehouses or thrown away among other waste materials. This is where we are introducing another threat to our environment: e-waste.

  • public transport 2018/02/27

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Car-free Tuesdays or car-packed Tuesdays

    TEHRAN — Car-free Tuesdays campaign, aimed to promote cycling and public transport, seems to be losing momentum most probably because of the inefficient infrastructure in the country.

  • Tehran 2018-02-24 20:22

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Relocation not a viable solution to Tehran’s growing problems: councilor

    TEHRAN — The growing problems of the megacity of Tehran does not justify relocating it, councilor Ahmad Masjed-Jamei said on Saturday.

  • Smart cities 2018-02-21 19:16

    Polish investors invited to smart city projects in Tehran

    TEHRAN — Tehran Mayor Mohammad Ali Najafi has asked polish investors and companies to take part in smart city projects in the Iranian capital, Fars reported on Wednesday.

  • $2b of foreign finance to help fight air pollution 2018-02-19 14:28

    $2b of foreign finance to help fight air pollution

    TEHRAN – Majlis (the Iranian parliament) approved $2 billion in foreign finance for developing subways and tackling air pollution in line with the budget bill for the next Iranian fiscal year (starting on March 21).

  • Ikeuchi General Manager for Cooling Division Nobuaki Umeda (L), Gholamerza Mehrdad, General Manager of Generation Technical Support Thermal Power Plants Holding Company, and Chief Representative, JICA 2018-02-18 20:14

    JICA aims to improve energy efficiency, mitigate air pollution in Iran

    TEHRAN — Japan International Cooperation Agency has begun surveys as well as a pilot project aiming to both improve energy efficiency and mitigate air pollution in Iran in association with the Japanese private sector.

  • A gargoyle that has been damaged by acid rain 2018-02-14 09:25

    By Mohammad Ali Haqshenas

    And now comes the acid rain

    Rain is a sign of hope and life, especially in low precipitation regions like Iran, but in some instances it can be harmful both for humans and the environment. I’m not talking about floods, rather about the sneaking effects of air pollution on rain which have added another item to the long list of environmental threats: acid rain.

  • JICA funds medical, environment projects in Iran 2018-02-12 17:44

    JICA funds medical, environment projects in Iran

    TEHRAN — Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed two grant agreements with Iran’s Health Ministry and Tehran Municipality to provide grant aid for medical testing and treatment equipment as well as improvement of equipment for air pollution analysis here on Sunday.

  • Messy air pollution: transport sector largely at fault 2018/02/11

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Messy air pollution: transport sector largely at fault

    Air pollution is the bane of urban dwellers. The suffocating air which is hard to breathe has actually caused a great deal of discomfort for the citizens in big cities around the world and is linked with serious and adverse health effects on top of everything.

  • air pollution 2018-02-07 11:36

    By M.A. saki

    We have been taken hostage by vehicles

    In the recent days the air pollution in some parts of Tehran has reached a dangerous level, ringing the alarm bells that something serious may happen. 

  • Public transit budget cut shelves air pollution mitigation plans  2018-02-04 20:00

    Public transit budget cut shelves air pollution mitigation plans

    TEHRAN — Majlis (the Iranian parliament) has sharply trimmed the budget proposed for the development of public transit, inevitably keeping air pollution abatement plans in abeyance.

  • Generous sky blankets Iran with heavy snow/ Photo by Tasnim/Masoud Shahrestani 2018-01-28 15:11

    Generous sky blankets Iran with heavy snow

    TEHRAN — Heavy snow has covered the Iranian capital, Tehran, and other cities in 17 provinces across the country.

  • Air pollution from a different viewpoint: ‘Cars need clean air’ 2018-01-27 09:51

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Air pollution from a different viewpoint: ‘Cars need clean air’

    Air pollution is a knotty problem of the metropolises of Iran. Currently seeing the azure sky is a dream that seldom comes true.

  • Tehran's rare clean air (Tabiat Bridge) 2018-01-26 10:27

    Tehran’s air pollution: auto industry’s noncompliance twists the knife

    TEHRAN – Tehran is fed up with air pollution and both domestic and foreign car manufacturers refuse to accept the installation of diesel particulate filter on their products, the director of Tehran’s Air Quality Control Company has said.

  • clunker trucks 2018-01-24 08:58

    Govt. to update truck fleet to ease air pollution

    TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani announced plans for renovating 70,000 clunker trucks annually within the framework of policies to combat air pollution.

  • Iran’s environmental body asserts its right to green tax 2018-01-23 20:11

    Iran’s environmental body asserts its right to green tax

    TEHRAN — Once again Iran’s environmental body has demanded its right to the green tax imposed on polluting industries and allocated to municipalities.

  • Ahwas on Friday 2018-01-21 21:39

    Majlis cuts Khuzestan’s sand and dust storms budget

    TEHRAN – The budget proposed for fighting sand and dust storms in the southwestern province of Khuzestan in the next year’s budget bill is facing a big “no” by the special committee of Majlis [the Iranian parliament].

  • TOD 2018-01-21 09:32

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    TOD may be a way round air pollution, traffic jam

    While air pollution and torturous traffic jam are plaguing city dwellers, especially people residing in the Iranian capital, the government is mulling over implementing transit-oriented development (TOD) programs.

  • PM 2.5, particulate matter map 2018-01-20 09:53

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Air pollution; not this again

    You wake up in the morning and set for another working day. You may take a quick shower, have a breakfast, get dressed and head out.

  • A view of Tehran with excellent air quality on November 24, 2016  (Photo by IRNA/Mohammad Babaei) 2018-01-17 20:47

    By Mohammad Ali Haqshenas

    No painless solution to air pollution

    In a press conference held in Tehran’s Pardisan Park on Saturday, environment officials commented on the newly enacted clean air law and unveiled the slogan for this year’s national clean air day: “Clean Air Law, the Law of Breath.”

  • Tehran's clean air 2018-01-17 09:12

    DOE ready to fight for people’s right of clean air

    TEHRAN – Implementation of clean air law will definitely face serious oppositions but the Department of Environment is ready to stand up for the nation’s right to have clean air, DOE chief Isa Kalantari said on Tuesday.

  • A view of Tehran grand bazaar situated in downtown  2018-01-12 17:34

    Tehran’s population doesn’t fit its area: environment official

    TEHRAN – The population density (a measurement of population per unit area) of Tehran is near 10,000 people per square kilometer which is considered high and inevitably raises environmental issues, said chief of Tehran’s department of environment.

  • traffic jam 2018-01-12 17:18

    $500m required for installing traffic cameras

    TEHRAN – New traffic restriction regulations, proposed by Tehran’s municipality, can only be implemented by increasing the number of traffic cameras which requires some 20 trillion rials budget (nearly $500 million), said the deputy mayor of Tehran for traffic and transport affairs.

  • Tehran’s traffic scheme 2018/01/10

    By Mohammad Ali Haqshenas

    The hot debate of revising Tehran’s traffic scheme

    The newly proposed scheme for traffic restricted zones put forward by Tehran Municipality to replace the current traffic scheme has led to a series of debates both among officials and the public.

  • Reinventing the wheel: Altering school breaks 2018/01/08

    By Setareh Behroozi

    Reinventing the wheel: Altering school breaks

    The consistent air pollution disrupting the lives of citizens of metropolises in Iran during recent months has made officials to reappraise the idea of altering academic calendar for schools in some parts of the country.

  • Plans to reinforce Tehran’s subway fleet underway  2018-01-06 20:00

    Plans to reinforce Tehran’s subway fleet underway

    TEHRAN – Supplying Tehran’s underground transport fleet with 1,000 new subway cars is underway for the next Iranian calendar year 1397 (March 2018-March 2019), the head of Tehran’s Planning and Budget Organization has said.