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  • Particulate matters 20 times above safe levels in southeastern Iran Yesterday 22:52

    Particulate matters 20 times above safe levels in southeastern Iran

    TEHRAN – Severe particulate matter (PM) pollution reached its highest points exceeding the standard levels by 20 times in Zabol county located in Sistan-Baluchestan province, southeastern part of the country, the provincial meteorological organization chief has announced.

  • 67 villages hit hard by sand and dust storms 2019-03-09 23:20

    67 villages hit hard by sand and dust storms

    TEHRAN — Some 67 villages in Rigan, the southeastern province of Kerman, are severely hit by sand and dust storms causing a great deal of discomfort for the residents, Rigan governor has said.

  • SDSs haunting 35,000 sq. km of country’s land area: GSI 2019-03-08 20:44

    SDSs haunting 35,000 sq. km of country’s land area: GSI

    TEHRAN — Approximately 35,000 square kilometers of the country’s land area in various regions are being haunted by sand and dust storms (SDSs), director of Geological Survey and Mineral Explorations of Iran (GSI) has said.

  • Water flow in Hour al-Azim wetland contains SDSs: official 2019-02-20 10:42

    Water flow in Hour al-Azim wetland contains SDSs: official

    TEHRAN – Hour al-Azim wetland being filled with water after recent above normal rainfalls and receiving amounts of its water right, has contained sand and dust storms (SDSs) haunting the southwestern Khuzestan province, director for wetlands ecosystem office of the Department of Environment (DOE) has said.

  • Plans on agenda to address sand and dust storms in 4 provinces  2019-02-15 21:28

    Plans on agenda to address sand and dust storms in 4 provinces 

    TEHRAN — Studies to combat sand and dust storms are almost completed and next year (starting on March 21) plans will be implemented in four provinces of Khuzestan, Sistan-Baluchestan, Kerman and Hormozgan, director of the national headquarters for combatting sand and dust storms has said.

  • SDSs mitigation plan to take effect next year 2019-02-05 21:16

    SDSs mitigation plan to take effect next year

    TEHRAN – Sand and dust storm (SDS) mitigation plan will be implemented in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan as of the next Iranian calendar year (beginning March 21), Department of Environment (DOE) chief has announced.

  • Plan to combat SDSs in Tehran submitted to DOE  2019-01-22 20:11

    Plan to combat SDSs in Tehran submitted to DOE 

    TEHRAN— The plan to combat sand and dust storms (SDSs) in the province of Tehran is submitted the Department of Environment (DOE), an official with the provincial department of environment has said. 

  • Sand, dust storms hit Khuzestan, PM at 22 times above safe levels 2019-01-18 23:11

    Sand, dust storms hit Khuzestan, PM at 22 times above safe levels

    TEHRAN — Southwestern province of Khuzestan was hit by sand and dust storms on Thursday where particulate matters (PM) concentration peaked at 22 times the safe levels, IRNA news agency reported. 

  • ریزگرد کرمان 2019-01-04 21:43

    Iranian researchers invent nano-mulch to cope with dust storms

    TEHRAN – Researchers at the School of Marine Science and Ocean of Khorramshahr, southwestern Iran, have invented nano-mulch to deal with dust storms.

  • Annual dusty days up day-and-a-half in Khuzestan over 3 decades  2018-12-19 20:13

    Annual dusty days up day-and-a-half in Khuzestan over 3 decades 

    TEHRAN — The number of dusty days in southern province of Khuzestan have increased by day-and-a-half over a 30-year period per annum on average, the provincial meteorological organization director has said.

  • SDSs shut down offices, schools in southeastern Iran 2018-11-04 03:00

    SDSs shut down offices, schools in southeastern Iran

    TEHRAN – Severe sand and dust storms (SDSs) hitting the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, has led to the closure of offices and schools in five cities on Saturday, head of Sistan-Baluchestan disaster mitigation and management organization has announced.

  • Sand and dust storm in Zabol, Sistan-Balouchestan province 2018-09-16 22:07

    Hamoun dryness, a tragedy for southwestern Iran

    TEHRAN — Hamoun wetland dryness, caused by long-term drought and low precipitation, is the major reason behind problems in southwestern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, Zia-al-din Shoaei, former head of national working group for combatting sand and dust storms has said.

  • Negotiating Hamoun water right, only way for Sistan to survive: report 2018-08-29 09:30

    Negotiating Hamoun water right, only way for Sistan to survive: report

    TEHRAN – As long as sand and dust storms (SDSs) severely threatens the lives of people and affects many sectors of agriculture, livestock and industry in Sistan region, southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, the only way to halt the impacts is to negotiate with Afghanistan on granting the water right of Hamoun wetland, IRNA reported on Monday.

  • Severe SDSs in southeast Iran leave dozens hospitalized 2018-08-27 09:57

    Severe SDSs in southeast Iran leave dozens hospitalized

    TEHRAN – Strong sand and dust storms (SDSs) are causing severe respiratory problems to the people in Sistan region, southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, as some 171 patients have been hospitalized since August 20, head of Sistan-Baluchestan disaster mitigation and management organization has said.

  • Unprecedented SDSs hit southeast Iran 19 times 2018-08-17 17:06

    Unprecedented SDSs hit southeast Iran 19 times

    TEHRAN — Strong sand and dust storms (SDSs) with as fast as 100 kilometers per hour speed have stricken the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan for 19 times since the beginning of the current [Iranian calendar] year (March 21), and official with the province’s meteorological organization has said.

  • SDSs 60 times above the safe levels haunting Sistan 2018-08-15 10:22

    SDSs 60 times above the safe levels haunting Sistan

    TEHRAN – Sand and dust storms (SDSs) reaching speeds up to 100 kilometers per hour, and particulate matters (PM) concentration peaking at 60 times above the safe levels, led to the closure of offices in Sistan, southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, on Sunday, ISNA reported.

  • PM concentration 12 times above safe levels in southeastern Iran 2018-08-08 10:46

    PM concentration 12 times above safe levels in southeastern Iran

    TEHRAN — Particulate matters (PM) concentration peaked at 12 times the safe levels in the southeastern Sistan region on Tuesday morning, IRNA reported.

  • Dried up wetlands major cause of SDSs in Tehran 2018-08-06 09:50

    Dried up wetlands major cause of SDSs in Tehran

    TEHRAN – The drought-ridden wetlands around Tehran province are the major hotspots giving rise to sand and dust storms (SDSs) in the capital, deputy environment chief Masoud Tajrishi has said.

  • 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.

  • Iran, Afghanistan agree on transboundary waters, says ambassador 2018-06-27 16:29

    Iran, Afghanistan agree on transboundary waters, says ambassador

    TEHRAN — Iran and Afghanistan have reached an agreement on water right of Heray Rud River, Hamoun wetland and Helmand River, Afghanistan's Ambassador to Iran Nasir Ahmad Nour has said./

  • Sand and dust storm hits vast areas of Iran 2018-05-13 02:35

    Sand and dust storm hits vast areas of Iran

    TEHRAN – A rather heavy sand and dust storm (SDS) has stricken huge areas in western, southwestern and southern Iran.

  • An undated photo of a severe sand and dust storm hitting Tehran 2018-05-10 12:59

    Working group set up to fight SDSs in Tehran

    TEHRAN – A special working group has been formed to combat sand and dust storms (SDSs) hitting Tehran province, said the provincial department of environment’s deputy director for monitoring and supervision affairs.

  • Asthma rate on the rise in Iran 2018-05-05 08:23

    Asthma rate on the rise in Iran

    TEHRAN – According to a national survey, the rate of people suffering from asthma in Iran is roughly equal to global average but it has sped up compared to previous decades, the director of Health Ministry’ asthma and allergy department has said.

  • Khuzestan sand and dust storms driving migration: MP 2018-04-30 04:44

    Khuzestan sand and dust storms driving migration: MP

    TEHRAN – Sand and dust storms (SDS) in southwestern Khuzestan Province has provoked a wave of migration to other provinces, said Javad Kazemi-Nasab, an MP who represents Khuzestan in the parliament.

  • 18 wetlands totally drained in Iran: deputy environment chief 2018-04-21 19:43

    18 wetlands totally drained in Iran: deputy environment chief

    TEHRAN — Some 18 wetlands in Iran are completely dried up and some 24 are in critical condition, deputy chief of the Department of Environment, Masoud Tajrishi, has said.

  • Sand and dust storm in the southwestern city of Ahwaz 2018-04-10 19:31

    Ilam to host 2nd Intl. Conference on Dust

    TEHRAN — The second edition of the International Conference on Dust will be held on April 25-27 in the city of Ilam, western Iran.

  • 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.

  • Leader plants saplings to highlight natural resources 2018-03-06 18:29

    Leader plants saplings to highlight natural resources

    TEHRAN — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday planted two fruit saplings, urging officials to take measures for increasing green spaces as it can prevent floods and curb sand and dust storms.

  • Kaveh Madani 2018-02-20 18:51

    We have made mistakes in protecting the environment: Kaveh Madani

    TEHRAN — The nature is a proof of the fact that we have made mistakes in protecting the environment and we have to put them right, Kaveh Madani, deputy environment chief for international affairs, innovation and socio-cultural engagement said on Monday.