Growing population and consumerism has taken a harsh toll on the environment, the DOE chief says, stressing that none of Iran’s industries is eco-friendly
Toxic air pollution in Iranian metropolises is twice as lethal as road crashes, as it annually claims over 30,000 lives, director of the Department of Environment said.
Speaking during a meeting in Tehran on Sunday, Isa Kalantari said, “Annually, over 16,000 people lose their lives in fatal road crashes, while air pollution claims over 30,000 innocent lives. Addressing the alarmingly high rate should be high on state agencies’ agenda.”
The DOE chief noted that rising population and consumerism has taken a harsh toll on the environment, ISNA reported.
“None of our industries and activities is eco-friendly. The government had numerous promising plans for restoring the environment, some of which progressed to some extent. Unfortunately, they were mostly left incomplete due to limitations faced by the country, because of US sanctions,” he added.
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