EghtesadOnline: While officials say water transfer from the Caspian Sea to Semnan Province is the only solution to meet the growing demand of farmers and industries, environmentalists and economic experts insist it is an existential threat to the fragile ecosystem.
EghtesadOnline: An estimated 130 million cubic meters of wastewater is produced by households in the northern Mazandaran Province, of which less than 20 mcm is recycled and the rest flows into the Caspian Sea or seeps in the ground, head of the provincial water and Wastewater Company said.
EghtesadOnline: The Caspian Sea has been shrinking since 1995 and the trend is not expected to end in the foreseeable future due to a variety of reasons, namely rising temperatures linked to global warming and climate change, head of the National Center for Research and Studies of the Caspian Sea, affiliated to the Energy Ministry Water Research Center (WRC), said.
EghtesadOnline: Caspian Sea sprat (common kilka) harvest has begun in Iran’s northern provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran where fishermen are using 73 vessels to harvest the species.
EghtesadOnline: Water loss in the earth's largest inland body of water has worsened substantially since 1995 and is expected to continue in the foreseeable future due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, head of the National Center for Research and Studies of the Caspian Sea, affiliated to the Energy Ministry Water Research Center (WRC) said.
EghtesadOnline: According to latest data from the Water Research Institute, the average water level in the Caspian Sea in the last water year (September 2018-19) dropped by 12 centimeters compared to the previous year.
EghtesadOnline: The Caspian littoral states have decided to extend the ban on fishing sturgeons for commercial purposes until the end of 2020.
EghtesadOnline: Transferring water from the Caspian Sea to Semnan Province would destroy the pristine nature in the region and convert it to another industrial zone like Yazd and Isfahan that have been grappling with water shortages and associated problems for decades, says an environmental activist and a researcher at the Research Institute for Forests and Rangelands.
EghtesadOnline: Construction of petrochemical plants in the northern regions straddling the Caspian Sea is on the agenda of the National Petrochemical Company, managing director of the company said.
EghtesadOnline: The proposal to transfer water from the Caspian Sea in the north to the drought-hit central plateau has been approved by the Majlis and the related desalination project is having a pilot run, the energy minister said.