Thousands dead in Tehran as air quality worsens

The Huffington Post reported today that Iran’s capital Tehran is facing a environmental crisis: Air pollution.

According to the report, AFP said that Hassan Aqajani, an adviser to Iran’s health minister, announced that 4,460 people have died from air pollution in Tehran in a one-year period since March 2011.

According to the Tehran Times, Yousef Rashidi, director of Tehran’s air quality monitoring services, recently told a local newspaper that cars account for 70 to 80 percent of the city’s air pollution. However, he denied the claim that low-quality gasoline is causing the problem, placing the blame instead on the vehicles’ combustion system, Huffington Post said.

Our hearts go out to those in Tehran who have lost their loved ones to air pollution. Clear air – free from pollutants, bacteria and harmful chemicals – should be a basic right for everyone.


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