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Dust Storms and Climate Change hammer Iraq

By Jassim Al-Falahy, Iraqi Minister of Environment, for Newsweek. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Dust Storms, Climate Change Hammer Iraq In Iraq this past spring, the air sometimes was orange. Not the sky, the air. It looked like what I imagine […]

New Report: Migration, Environment, and Climate Change in Iraq

By John Lee. Iraq has been named the fifth-most vulnerable country to climate breakdown, affected by soaring temperatures, insufficient and diminishing rainfall, intensified droughts and water scarcity, frequent sand and dust storms, and flooding. Compounding this, water policies in neighbouing countries have shrunk vital water sources, while rapid population growth, urbanization, and inefficient water use […]

Iran, Iraq sign MoU to tackle Dust Storms

By John Lee. Iraq and Iran have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to help tackle the major dust storms that have afflicted the region. It was signed by the Head of Iran's Environment Department, Ali Salajegheh [Selajgeh], and Iraq's Minister for the Environment, Jasesim Al-Falahi [Jassim Abdel Aziz Hammadi] during a meeting in Tehran […]

Iran Cancels Arbaeen Flights to Iraq Due to Dust Storms

The rising level of dust pollution in Iraq forced Iranian airlines to cancel their flights to the Arab country’s cities of Baghdad and Najaf ahead of Arbaeen, the 40th day after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shiite Imam. With dust clouds reducing visibility, Iranian flights heading to Baghdad and […]

Iran, Iraq to Cooperate on Environment

By John Lee. The head of Iran’s Department of the Environment, Masoumeh Ebtekar, and Iraq’s Minister of the Environment, Ibrahim Turki al-Juburi (Qutaiba al-Jibouri), have met to search for solutions to the environmental issues affecting the countries. According to the report from BasNews, the Ministers discussed the dust storms that blanket the region, particulate pollution, […]

Iraqi Dust Contaminated with Uranium?

From Iran’s PressTV. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The wave of "dust pollution" seems unwilling to leave Iran. According to the latest report dust storms and pollution which have spread across almost 23 Iranian provinces continue to have impact on the […]

UN Envoy Supports Greenbelts in Iraq

Speaking at a ministerial meeting on sand and dust-storms in the region, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, on 21 February, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler (pictured), expressed his support for greenbelts in Iraq and proposed the establishment of a regional […]

UN's Kobler on Sand- and Dust-Storms

SRSG Martin Kobler delivered the following addresss to the Twenty-seventh session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, in Nairobi, Kenya: I feel honoured to be here with you today at this important event. We came here to Nairobi from many different countries to discuss how we can make a difference. We care about the […]

Dust Storms Causing Problems in Baghdad

A dust storm shut down Baghdad airport on Tuesday, an official from Iraqi Airways told AFP on condition of anonymity. It was unclear when the airport would reopen, or if attendance at talks in Baghdad between world powers and Iran on the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear programme would be impacted by the closure. AKnews reported that […]