Tuesday , 28 June 2022

Environment

Manspreading Environment Chief Calls Reporters’ Criticism “BS”

Iranwire – Last week a rickety bus carrying environmental journalists on a tour of West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran, overturned after an apparent brake fault. Two young female reporters for ISNA and IRNA were killed instantly, and dozens of others were injured. In the aftermath of the tragedy, a video circulated on social media in which Zeinab Rahimi, a reporter for ISNA, spoke in …

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Iran Narrows in on Repressing Farmers’ Protests as Water Crisis Spreads

CHRI – Protests by hard-hit farmers over Iran’s worsening water crisis are being repressed by state security forces as officials increasingly describe the protests as a “national security” issue. Environmental scientist Kaveh Madani explained in an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that a major portion of the Iranian population “has become directly dependent on water for its …

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Desertification in Iran: A Ticking Time Bomb?

Iranwire – With the sharp decline in rainfall in Iran, officials in the country’s various water departments are reporting record-breaking low reserves and issuing warnings about the need to save water. Is this level of drought genuinely unexpected in Iran, or do officials bear a degree of responsibility for the ensuing water crisis? What overall impact will the decrease in …

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State TV: Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake Hits Southern Iran

VOA – A magnitude 5.9 earthquake on Sunday struck Iran’s southern province of Bushehr, where a nuclear power plant is located, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, state television reported. A government official told Reuters that there were no reports of damage at the Bushehr nuclear complex. “The quake hit the Bandar Gonaveh area in the …

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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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