Iran’s Pollution Worries Come by Air and Water

Fellows Fall 2006

By Nazanin Rafsanjani

June 02, 2009

The Islamic Republic of Iran is facing a growing domestic problem: pollution. The air quality in Tehran was recently called a "collective suicide" by an Iranian environmental official. But air pollution is just one of Iran's environmental woes. In its northern region, the Caspian Sea — the world's largest lake — is so contaminated that delicate ecological areas are at risk. Nazanin Rafsanjani reported on the Caspian Sea region as the NPR-Bucksbaum Fellow, part of the International Reporting Project.