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  • Climate Fears as 2020 Predicted to Be ‘Hottest Year Since Records Began’
    13:57 - Apr 29 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- THIS year is set to be the hottest since records began, according to concerned meteorologists.
  • Environment-Friendly Tech
    12:54 - Apr 28 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Upon hearing the word "conductor" in reference to chemistry, most will immediately think of the movement of electrons within a material. But electrons are not the only particles that can move across a material; oxide ions can too. Many materials scientists and engineers are currently searching for materials with high oxide-ion conductivity. Such materials have many potential applications, particularly in the development of environmentally friendly technologies. For example, oxide-ion conductors could be used in fuel cells, which directly convert clean fuel such as hydrogen into electrical energy, or in oxygen separation membranes, which could be useful in systems for capturing the CO2 we produce by burning coal or fossil fuels.
  • Lake Urmia Water Level Reaches 5bln Cubic Meters
    14:35 - Apr 27 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Lake Urmia Restoration Project Farhad Sarkhosh said Monday that the volume of the lake’s water has reached 5 billion cubic meters, showing a 650 million-cubic-meters rise compared with the same date last year.
  • Environmentally Friendly Ethylene Production
    12:59 - Apr 27 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- A research team led by North Carolina State University has engineered a new catalyst that can more efficiently convert ethane into ethylene, which is used in a variety of manufacturing processes. The discovery could be used in a conversion process to drastically reduce ethylene production costs and cut related carbon dioxide emissions by up to 87%.
  • Dramatic Loss of Food Plants for Insects
    12:49 - Apr 26 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Plummeting insect numbers are becoming a concern. Academic discourse focused on three main causes: the destruction of habitats, pesticides in agriculture and the decline of food plants for insects. A team of researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL have now demonstrated for the first time that the diversity of food plants for insects in the canton of Zurich has dramatically decreased over the past 100 years or so. This means that bees, flies and butterflies are increasingly deprived of their food base. The study, which is representative for all of Central Europe, has now been published in the journal "Ecological Applications."
  • Insects: Largest Study Finds Declines On Land
    12:51 - Apr 25 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- A worldwide compilation of long-term insect abundance studies shows that the number of land-dwelling insects is in decline. On average, there is a global decrease of 0.92% per year, which translates to approximately 24% over 30 years. At the same time, the number of insects living in freshwater, such as midges and mayflies, has increased on average by 1.08% each year. This is possibly due to effective water protection policies. Despite these overall averages, local trends are highly variable, and areas that have been less impacted by humans appear to have weaker trends. These are the results from the largest study of insect change to date, including 1676 sites across the world, now published in the journal Science.
  • Iran Blasts US Hypocrisy on Protection of Planet Earth
    13:03 - Apr 23 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi rapped Washington for hypocritical and shameful behavior towards the global norms to protect planet Earth.
  • Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planet Found
    14:17 - Apr 21 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- A team of transatlantic scientists, using reanalyzed data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, has discovered an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting in its star's habitable zone, the area around a star where a rocky planet could support liquid water.
  • Lake Urmia to Gain New Life through Iran-Japan Cooperation
    15:27 - Apr 19 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Director of a National Project for Protecting Iranian Wetlands Ali Arvahi said on Saturday that Iran and Japan will cooperate for the seventh consecutive year to revive Lake Urmia.
  • Climate-Driven Megadrought in Western US
    14:58 - Apr 19 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- With the western United States and northern Mexico suffering an ever-lengthening string of dry years starting in 2000, scientists have been warning for some time that climate change may be pushing the region toward an extreme long-term drought worse than any in recorded history. A new study says the time has arrived: a megadrought as bad or worse than anything even from known prehistory is very likely in progress, and warming climate is playing a key role. The study, based on modern weather observations, 1,200 years of tree-ring data and dozens of climate models, appears this week in the leading journal Science.
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UK: Police Forces Fail to Recruit More Black Officers Despite Government Pledge

TEHRAN (FNA)- Police forces are failing to increase their low numbers of black officers, despite a promise that a big recruitment drive would finally tackle the much-criticised shortfall.
Portland Riot Declared as Fire Burns in Police Union Offices

TEHRAN (FNA)- A fire inside a police union building led authorities in Portland, Oregon, to declare a riot and force protesters away from the offices as violent demonstrations continue in the city that had hoped for calm after federal agents withdrew more than a week ago.
Top Security Official: Iran to Overcome Challenges through Active Resistance, National Solidarity

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani announced on Sunday that western pressures cannot dissuade Iran from pursuing its main policies, saying that the country will resolve problems through active resistance and national solidarity.
Iran Sends 95 Tons of Aid to Lebanon, Vows to Continue Assistance

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran has dispatched 95 tons of aid to Beirut, Head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Karim Hemmati said on Sunday, adding that another 60-ton cargo will also be sent to the Lebanese capital soon.
Terrorist Behind Recent Sound Bomb Blast in Southeastern Iran Arrested by IRGC

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Quds Base arrested the main perpetrator of a recent sound bomb explosion in the city of Zahedan in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan.
Iran Voices Readiness to Boost Exports with Turkey

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of Iran-Turkey Joint Chamber of Commerce Mehrdad Sa'adat said that the country is trying to compensate four-month export gap with neighboring Turkey which happened as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Senior Mufti: Most Iraqi Shiites, Sunnis Ready to Fight for Expelling US

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iraqi Sunni Mufti said an overwhelming majority in his country's both Shiite and Sunni populations are prepared for jihad (religious war of defense) to force the US pull out its military forces from the Muslim state.
Pentagon Claims Moving US Toops ‘Closer to Russia’s Border’ Necessary to Ensure ‘Collective Security’

TEHRAN (FNA)- Criticisms of the US troop reduction in Germany are unwarranted, Defense Secretary Mark Esper stated, claiming that many of these forces are simply being relocated further East in order to serve as a more effective "deterrent" against Russia.
Official: Iranian Pharmaceutical Firm Producing Anti-Coronavirus Drug

TEHRAN (FNA)- A giant pharmaceutical company in Northern Iran has started mass-production of Remdesivir - a drug believed to be of help in fighting the coronavirus, an official said on Sunday.
Official Underlines Iranian Experts' Capability to Repair Heavy Aircraft

TEHRAN (FNA)- New Head of Iran Civil Aviation Organization Touraj Dehqani Zanganeh announced that the country's specialists have gained the know-how and capability to repair and overhaul heavy airplanes.
Lebanon's President Rejects Calls for International Probe in Beirut Incident

TEHRAN (FNA)- Lebanon's President Michel Aoun stated that demands for an international investigation into the deadly blast at the port of Beirut aimed at "wasting time".
Former Chief Scientific Adviser Warns UK Will Go Back into Lockdown Next Month When Schools Open

TEHRAN (FNA)- Britain could be hit with another full lockdown unless Prime Minister Boris Johnson sorts out the country's test and trace "disaster", a former top government advisor warned.
Iran Reports 163 New Coronavirus Deaths, over 280,000 Recoveries

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian health ministry announced on Sunday that 2,020 new cases of coronavirus infection have been identified across the country during the past 24 hours, adding that 163 patients have passed away since yesterday.
Nearly 4.5 Tons of Narcotics Seized in Iran in 2 Operations

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian police confiscated over 4 tons of illicit drugs in two successful operations in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan this week, Anti-narcotics Police Chief of Iran's Law Enforcement Forces Colonel Majid Karimi said.
Former General Warns UK Army Is Not Big Enough for War

TEHRAN (FNA)- The size of the Army may be too small for war, a former general warned.