Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 9
By Dalga Khatinoglu, Saeed Isayev - Trend:
Iran ranks as first country in the world for wasting water resources, head of Environmental Protection Organization Massoumeh Ebtekar said, Mehr news agency reported on Jan. 9.
She confirmed the reports of international reports that claim Iran has fallen 65 positions in the Environmental Performance Index (EPI).
Ebtekar said that the average consumption of energy in Iran is fivefold more that in other countries on average.
She underlined that Iran is the seventh bigger greenhouse gas producer in the world and because of this situation the country's climate has got 1.5 to 3 degree harmer than several years ago.
Ebtekar added that this factor causes water sources' more evaporation and climate exchange in Iran.
In mid-August, the ILNA news agency reported that Iran ranks 114 out of 134 countries in the 2012 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) report.
The index ranks countries on 25 performance indicators covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality.
Iran's rank in 2006 EPI report was 40, which indicates a fall by 74 steps during ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s administration (2005-2013), the report said.
Lake Urmia's drying was a problem, as a result of which some 70 percent of its water surface has dried up. Destruction of forests is another problem. According to official statistics, some 40 hectares of forests are being destroyed every year.
One of the problems that really affects the health of people in Iran is air pollution. The air over Iran's capital is amongst the most polluted in the world. Experts say many Iranians suffer serious health problems as a result.