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  • Biodiversity: Ancient Mountains and Monsoons
    12:35 - Aug 02 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- One of the big questions in biology is why certain plants and animals are found in some places and not others. Figuring out how species evolve and spread, and why some places are richer in species than others, is key to understanding and protecting the world around us. Mountains make a good laboratory for scientists tackling these questions: mountains are home to tons of biodiversity, in part due to all the different habitats at different elevations. In a new study in Science, researchers examined the plant life in the China's Hengduan Mountains, the Himalaya Mountains, and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Using DNA to build family trees of species, they learned that the diversity of plants in that region today can be traced back to newly-formed mountain ranges 30 million years ago, and monsoons that came later. It's a concrete example of how climatic and environmental changes influence life on Earth.
  • Lockdown: Human-Linked Earth Vibrations Down
    11:19 - Jul 25 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- The lack of human activity during lockdown caused human-linked vibrations in the Earth to drop by an average of 50% between March and May 2020.
  • Study Warns: 1.3 Billion Tonnes of Plastic to Pollute Environment by 2040
    11:14 - Jul 25 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- With its production continuing to increase at an exponential rate, our problem with plastic pollution is showing no sign of slowing down. A new study mapping mapping the movement of plastic waste has outlined just how drastic the situation might become, projecting that 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic will be dumped on land and in the oceans by 2040 unless some significant steps are taken to address the trend.
  • Winners, Losers in Projected Future Climates
    12:31 - Jul 20 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- New research reveals how winners and losers from climate change can be identified based on their ability to adapt to rising future temperatures.
  • Study: Population in More Than 20 Countries to Halve by 2100
    16:16 - Jul 15 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 20 countries, including Italy, Japan, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Spain and Thailand, will see their numbers diminish by at least half by the year 2100, according to projections in a major study.
  • Iran Urges Further Regional Cooperation to Tackle Desert Locust Problem
    15:08 - Jul 10 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- A diplomat with the Iranian embassy in Islamabad said that persistence of unfriendly behavior towards Iran would harm other countries, especially neighbors, with regard to the desert locust challenge.
  • Human-Induced Climate Change Reversed 6,500-Year Global Cooling Trend
    14:31 - Jul 02 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- What would Earth’s climate naturally be doing if it weren’t for human intervention? Researchers at Northern Arizona University have now analyzed over 12,000 years of climate data, and found that human-induced warming interrupted and reversed a long-term natural global cooling period.
  • Extreme Warming of South Pole
    14:30 - Jul 01 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- The South Pole has been warming at more than three times the global average over the past 30 years, according to research led by Ohio University professor Ryan Fogt and OHIO alumnus Kyle Clem.
  • Geochemists Solve Mystery of Earth's Vanishing Crust
    11:20 - Jun 29 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Thank goodness for the Earth's crust: It is, after all, that solid, outermost layer of our planet that supports everything above it.
  • Why Are Plants Green?
    12:42 - Jun 27 2020

    TEHRAN (FNA)- When sunlight shining on a leaf changes rapidly, plants must protect themselves from the ensuing sudden surges of solar energy. To cope with these changes, photosynthetic organisms -- from plants to bacteria -- have developed numerous tactics. Scientists have been unable, however, to identify the underlying design principle.
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Lebanese Rescue Workers Hunt for Survivors after Deadly Beirut Blast

TEHRAN (FNA)- Lebanese rescue workers dug through the rubble looking for survivors of a powerful warehouse explosion that shook the capital Beirut, killing 100 people and injuring nearly 5,000 in a toll that officials expected to rise. [PHOTOS]
GRAPHIC: Treatment, Observation to Victims of Deadly Beirut Explosion

TEHRAN (FNA)- Lebanese rescue workers dug through the rubble looking for survivors of a powerful warehouse explosion that shook the capital Beirut, killing 100 people and injuring nearly 5,000 in a toll that officials expected to rise and hospitals are now struggling to treat thousands of people who were injured in the blast. [VIDEO]
Aftermath of Beirut Deadly Blast: Damage, Explosive Remnants

TEHRAN (FNA)- Beirut awoke on Wednesday morning to the aftermath of two enormous explosions that ripped through Beirut's port, killing at least 100 people and injuring thousands. [VIDEO]
Iran, Ukraine Discuss Results of Talks on Crashed Plane

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in a phone conversation conferred on the latest developments and talks held between the two sides to pursue the incident for an airliner over the Iranian airspace.
IRGC Commander Voices Readiness to Help Lebanese Gov’t, Injured People

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Hossein Salami underlined the IRGC’s readiness to help the Lebanese government and nation after the huge explosion in Beirut which left thousands of people killed and injured.
Analyst: US, Israel Beneficiaries of Beirut Explosion

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US and Israel gain the most benefits from the Tuesday explosion and devastation in Beirut, a prominent analyst said, adding that Tel Aviv and Washington have always been after economic and security pressures on Lebanon.
Scientists Fear Trump Could Rush Out Coronavirus Vaccine Before It's Ready

TEHRAN (FNA)- Reports indicated that some American scientists involved in the US government’s pursuit of a coronavirus vaccine are worried the project may be proceeding too hastily – and even that it might be becoming politicized.
Supreme Leader Pardons, Commutes Sentences of over 2,000 Prisoners

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has agreed to pardon or commute the sentences of 2,135 prisoners upon a request by Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Rayeesi, on the occasion of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Ghadir.
Iran’s Speaker Stresses All-Out Help for Lebanon amid Blast Tragedy

TEHRAN (FNA)- Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said that his country stands by the Lebanese nation and government to overcome the critical conditions caused by the huge blast in Beirut.
Iran’s Judiciary Confirms Australian Envoy’s Meeting with Moore-Gilbert

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Judiciary Spokesman Gholamhossein Esmayeeli said on Wednesday that Australia’s ambassador to Tehran has held a meeting with the Australian-British prisoner, Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who has been sentenced for harming Iran’s security and espionage, and has confirmed that she is in fully good health conditions.
Press Freedom Watchdog Says More Assaults on US Journalists in 2020 Than in Previous 3 Years Combined

TEHRAN (FNA)- The number of violent incidents directed at journalists has skyrocketed, according to the US Press Freedom Tracker, which announced heavy-handed police tactics during BLM protests have made 2020 a uniquely dangerous year for reporters.
Death Toll in Beirut Blast Tops 100, Number of Victims Expected to Rise as Hospitals Overflowed with Wounded

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Lebanese Red Cross George Kettaneh stated Wednesday at least 100 people were killed and several thousand more wounded in the massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday afternoon, while medical assistance to injured people has been disrupted due to the large number of patients and damaged or destroyed hospitals.
FM Zarif Reiterates Dispatching Assistance to Beirut

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined his country’s solidarity with Lebanon, adding that Tehran keeps sending aids to Beirut to help the people who are reeling from a devastating blast.
UK: Women’s Charities, Unions Call on Parliament to Suspend ‘Rape MP’ After Tories Refuse

TEHRAN (FNA)- Women’s charities and unions representing parliamentary staff called on parliament to bypass the Conservatives’ disciplinary procedures and suspend the Tory MP arrested on suspicion of rape.
US Announces Highest-Level Visit to Taiwan in Decades, Risking China Anger

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior US official is to lead a delegation to Taiwan in the highest-level visit since 1979 to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and to “celebrate the shared values” of the two democracies – prompting China to urge the US not to “send the wrong signals to Taiwan secessionists”.