• What will happen if natural resources run out? 2018/10/09

    By Anna Kucirkova

    Scary question: What will happen if natural resources run out?

    On our wonderful planet, there are multiple natural resources that help make life easier. We use trees for making paper products and they provide us with oxygen. We use natural gas to heat our homes and coal to help us produce electricity. Freshwater fish are a staple in the American diet and we pump billions of barrels of oil out of the ground to fuel our automobiles.

  • Department of Environment opposes water transfer from Persian Gulf 2018-10-03 17:32

    Department of Environment opposes water transfer from Persian Gulf

    TEHRAN — With regard to the environmental conditions of the Persian Gulf, the Department of Environment (DOE) has taken a firm stand against water transfer from this body of water, deputy environment chief, Masoud Tajrishi, has said.

  • Datis Holding 2018-09-16 16:14

    Datis Holding's environmental recall

    TEHRAN- Modern human is involving with important issues of air pollution, melting of glaciers and global warming. Solving such a phenomenon requires attention of a large number of people and also economic activists.

  • Photo depicts migratory birds in Hour-al Azim wetland taken in January 2017 (IRNA/ Mohammad Reza Khabbazan) 2018-09-08 00:34

    Hour al-Azim wetland wildfire threatens bird migration

    TEHRAN — Should the wildfire in Hour al-Azim wetland continues throughout autumn it would become a threat to bird migration in the area, head of Khuzestan province’s department of environment has said.

  • Cheetah cub wounded in car crash suffers irreversible spinal cord injury 2018-08-15 10:00

    Cheetah cub wounded in car crash suffers irreversible spinal cord injury

    TEHRAN — An Asiatic cheetah cub which had been wounded on August 7 in a car accident on Abbasabad-Mayami road, north-central Semnan province, has suffered irreversible spinal cord injury, IRNA reported on Tuesday.

  • A view of Lake Urmia / Photo by Hossein Mahmoudi, Lake Urmia restoration program website 2018-08-01 18:41

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    No water transfer to Lake Urmia: DOE chief

    TEHRAN — Talking about Lake Urmia, a body of water shared between East and West Azarbaijan provinces in northwestern Iran, chief of Iran’s Department of Environment (DOE) put emphasis on the fact that no water transfer scheme is underway for restoration of the lake.

  • Sand and dust storm in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, hit the city in late January. 2018-07-05 12:12

    MP proposes water, environment, natural resources ministry

    TEHRAN — MP Abbas Papizadeh has proposed creation of a new ministry for water, environment, and natural resources aiming to supervise the current trend of environmental predicaments the country is facing.

  • Bioethanol an option to counter air pollution in big cities 2018-04-29 19:36

    Bioethanol an option to counter air pollution in big cities

    TEHRAN – One of the measures to fight air pollution is producing and using bioethanol fuel instead of gasoline, the secretary of biotechnology committee affiliated to Presidential Directorate for Science and Technology has said.

  • Alisadr Cave, a famous karst aquifer 2018-04-26 13:16

    Iran in pursuit of karst water resources

    TEHRAN – Iranian authorities are going to study some regions across the country which have high potentials for having karst aquifers and determine the possibility of exploiting such groundwater resources.

  • Tehran, Sofia eye increased environmental co-op 2018-04-25 08:59

    Tehran, Sofia eye increased environmental co-op

    TEHRAN – Iranian and Bulgarian officials held in meeting in Tehran on Tuesday, discussing ways to boost bilateral cooperation on environmental issues.

  • fariba rezaee 2018-04-23 21:01

    Female provincial environment chief appointed

    TEHRAN – Head of the Department of Environment, Issa Kalantari, appointed Fariba Rezaee as the director general of the department of environment of the western province of Kordestan, IRNA reported on Saturday.

  • Rangers wounded in armed conflict with poachers 2018-04-21 19:42

    Rangers wounded in armed conflict with poachers

    TEHRAN — Three rangers were wounded in an armed conflict with poachers in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, the provincial department of environment announced on Saturday.

  • Arasbaran protected area in East Azarbaijan province 2018-04-17 20:14

    Environmentalists question protected areas downgrading, downsizing

    TEHRAN — A group of environmental activists affiliated with an NGO has made a statement questioning the directive from the Supreme Council of Environment on revision of national protected areas.

  • Water shortage “serious”, says environment chief 2018-04-12 12:09

    Water shortage “serious”, says environment chief

    TEHRAN – The country is facing a serious water shortage, said Isa Kalantari, the chief of the Department of Environment.

  • A sad photo of Karun taken in December 2017. Once the only navigable river of the country, Karun now suffers from drought and mismanagement. Photo by Mehdi Pedramkhoo / Tehran Times 2018-04-10 19:30

    Stop dam building and water transfer projects: environmentalists

    TEHRAN – A group of environmentalists have issued a statement, urging all dam building and water transfer projects around Zayanderud, Karun and Dez rivers to be halted in a bid to deal with the severe drought conditions that have affected western part of the country.

  • Zagros oak forests 2018/04/08

    By Mohammad Ali Haqshenas

    Zagros oak forests would cry out if they could!

    It seems that there is a race between fungal disease and human greed for destroying Zagros oak forests and no matter which one wins, we will be the loser.

  • A woman is holding a cloth bag as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags 2018-04-05 18:32

    City council in pursuit of #Tehran_without_plastic

    TEHRAN – Tehran’s city council has launched #Tehran_without_plastic campaign in a bid to fight detrimental effects of plastics on the environment, ISNA reported on Wednesday.

  • Parvar protected area in central province of Semnan 2018-04-03 20:19

    ‘Downgrading, downsizing protected areas encourage communities to safeguard environment’

    TEHRAN — Downgrading and downsizing protected areas would in fact encourage local communities to conserve the environment more effectively, Department of Environment's (DOE) deputy director for hunting and fishing Ali Teymouri has said.

  • Some tips for green trips 2018-03-24 13:26

    By Mohammad Ali Haqshenas

    Some tips for green trips

    For many, holidays equals traveling. Individuals may prefer to travel to near or far destinations to gain experience, have fun and create some lasting moments in their lives.

  • Insurance compensates for damages done by leopards 2018-03-20 07:26

    Insurance compensates for damages done by leopards

    TEHRAN – The damages caused by leopards to 59 individuals bearing losses in 11 provinces have been compensated through insurance, said Ali Teymouri, the Department of Environment’s deputy director for hunting and fishing, Mehr reported.

  • A baby bird floating on the water in Shadegan wetland, in southwestern province of Khuzestan 2018-03-18 19:24

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Deteriorating environment is waiting for the right decisions

    TEHRAN — Did you know if you’re 41 or younger you’ve never experienced a normal climate, not even once? This was shared on Years of Living Dangerously, an American documentary television series focusing on global warming, Instagram page on March 6.

  • Smugglers selling aquatic species face punishment: official 2018-03-14 20:05

    Smugglers selling aquatic species face punishment: official

    TEHRAN — Animal smugglers who sell aquatic species including emys, water snakes and Lorestan mountain newt will face punishment, chief of Tehran Department of Environment said on Wednesday.

  • Iran to provide insurance for its brown bears 2018-03-12 08:36

    Iran to provide insurance for its brown bears

    TEHRAN – Initial agreements have been reached with some Iranian insurance companies to cover the possible damages imposed by brown bears to locals, said Peiman Valizadeh, the executive secretary of the national committee for preserving brown bear affiliated to the Department of Environment.

  • Cultivating sugar beet and rice hinders wetlands restoration programs  2018-03-11 10:17

    Cultivating sugar beet and rice hinders wetlands restoration programs

    TEHRAN – Cultivating water intensive products including sugar beet and rice has been banned in some regions as they were not in line with plans for reviving wetlands, an official with wetland ecosystems division at Department of Environment has said.

  • Iranian judge punishes minor crimes with tree planting not jail 2018-03-10 20:25

    Iranian judge punishes minor crimes with tree planting not jail

    TEHRAN – Mohammad Reza Amuzad is a judge in Galikesh, northern Golestan province, who punishes minor crimes with alternative sentences such as planting trees in the province.

  • a ceremony for planting trees as a sign of friendship and peace with diplomatic delegations in attendance 2018-03-10 09:39

    Countries cannot overcome environmental challenges independently: Zarif

    TEHRAN — Environmental issues are global challenges and no single country can manage to overcome them independently, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.

  • Ecuadorian ambassador Germán Alejandro Ortega Almeida is holding binoculars and watching birds in a wildlife refuge in Gilan province with Kaveh Madani deputy chief of environment standing next to him 2018-03-10 09:37

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    No waste: Want a change? start with yourself

    Seeing garbage strewn around is a common scene for many of us while walking down the street to get to work or even during holidays when we are trying to spend a day out in the nature picnicking by the riverside.

  • Austrian Ambassador to Iran Stefan Scholz 2018-03-02 20:47

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Europeans following Austria in doing green projects in Iran: envoy

    Not a single day passes without hearing a worrying news coming in of lasting, and sometimes irreversible damages to the environment worldwide. Air pollution in megacities, plastic pollution in oceans, rapid loss of plant and animal species, climate change, and water scarcity are a few instances which inflict considerable and serious harms both on the planet and human lives.

  • 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.