Air Pollution Closes Tehran Elementary Schools
From Press TV
Once again heavy air pollution has clouded Tehran and other Iranian major cities; Officials say most of the pollution comes from vehicles on the congested roads of the rapidly growing metropolis of more than 13.5 million people, with a level of pollutants far exceeding World Health Organization standards. Each year, the 5.5 million vehicles in the city pump an estimated 5 million tons of CO2 into the air.
Among steps to try to reduce the pollution, Iran is converting heating systems in residential and commercial buildings to natural gas. Authorities are also expanding public transport, requiring vehicle emission inspections and developing more green spaces. But still air pollution is here;
The sever air pollution is back to the lives of Tehranis, after the city experienced rain and snow a few days ago. Some say rain and snow are only a “God-given” break in the air pollution. This time unlike the previous times, stricter traffic laws have been imposed on cars; Moreover, elementary schools and daycare centers are closed for two days.
Other projects implemented to reduce air pollution include producing over 40 million liters of gasoline and diesel based on Euro 4 and 5 standards until the end of March 2013. The government says it will continue to push for a cleaner environment by introducing to parliament a bill to bring 100 electric battery assisted buses and 10,000 bicycles and motorcycles to Tehran.
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