Saturday , 17 April 2021

Environment

250 Iranian Cities Face Summer Water Shortages

Iranwire – Due to a decline in rainfall this year, between 220 and 250 Iranian cities will face water shortages in the summer of 2021, according to the Water and Wastewater Company of Iran. The latest Energy Ministry statistics show that the amount of rainfall in Iran in 2020-2021 decreased by 38 percent compared to last year, and by 29 …

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Israel Accuses Iran of Link to Oil Spill Off Its Shores

VOA – Israel accused Iran on Wednesday of being linked to a recent oil spill off its shores that caused major ecological damage, calling the incident environmental terrorism. The spill was caused by an oil tanker that was carrying pirated cargo from Iran to Syria last month, Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said. The vessel sailed through the Persian …

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Botulism Kills 10,000 Birds In Miankaleh Peninsula and Gorgan Bay, Iran

Payvandnews – Some 10,000 bodies of lifeless migratory birds that died as a result of botulism poisoning have been found so far around the Miankaleh peninsula and Gorgan Bay, located in the extreme south-eastern part of the Caspian Sea.  Botulism disease, which for the second consecutive year has caused the death of a large number of migratory birds in Miankaleh and Gorgan …

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Injuries Reported As Earthquake Shakes Southwestern Iran

RFL/RE – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 shook southwest Iran near the town of Sisakht late on February 17, with at least 40 people injured, Iranian media reported. Iranian state TV quoted an official in the region as saying, “People in Sisakht and the town of Yasuj left their homes in panic. Water and electricity have been cut …

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90 percent of Chabahar coral reefs are dying: Iranian official

Payvandnews – A rise in temperature of the water has had a negative effect on the ecosystem so that 90 percent of coral reefs in this region have been bleached and are dying, IRNA quoted Davood Mirshekar, deputy chief of the Department of Environment for marine ecosystems, as saying on Wednesday. Monitoring coral reefs in the Persian Gulf and the …

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Could Iranians Sue Over Dangerous Air Pollution Levels?

Iranwire – While a recent surge in air pollution levels was putting people’s health in Tehran and other Iranian cities in jeopardy, the mother of a nine-year-old girl in London, UK proved in court that her daughter’s death had been directly related to air pollution. Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, whose daughter Ella died in 2013 after a severe asthma attack, embarked on …

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Outcry Over Power Outages, Smog Forces Iran To Act Against Bitcoin Miners

RFL/RE – Iranian authorities are blaming power outages and worsening air pollution in cities across the country on the energy drain caused by bitcoin mining operations. The cryptocurrency farms are a huge energy drain because they use banks of high-powered computers to try to unlock complex numerical puzzles related to international financial transactions. When successful, bitcoin miners create units of …

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Iran’s capital suffocating amid blame game over pollution

​Al-Monitor – Thick and stubborn clouds of hazardous emissions have blanketed the Iranian capital, Tehran, for four weeks in a row, only adding to a long list of challenges residents in the megacity are grappling with on a daily basis. Characterized by its frustrating traffic jams, which have been exacerbated by a poor public transportation infrastructure and an unregulated population …

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Taxi Drivers of Tehran: We Can’t Breathe

Iranwire – Deteriorating air quality in Tehran has recently been making headlines. Recently, on some days the level of contaminants in the air was so high it was declared dangerous for some vulnerable members of the population to leave their homes. Some scientists believe bad air quality can also impact on people’s ability to recover from Covid-19, which can cause …

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Air Pollution Could Mean New Spike in Covid Cases

Iranwire.com – Every Saturday, the National Coronavirus Taskforce reports the level of coronavirus alert in Iranian cities. During the last week in December, no city in Iran was in a red state of alert, but this week the level of alert in four cities in the northern province of Mazandaran reverted to red, raising concerns that, at least in parts …

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