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A large threat to Iranâ's success as a country is the projected global warming and a deteriorating environment.1 Water scarcity, climate change, and land degradation are Iranâ's three largest environmental concerns.2 Exploitation of water sources by agricultural and domestic sectors is causing water sources to diminish or become chemically polluted.3 The long term effects of environmental degradation will end up costing Iran large amounts of money and resources.4 Currently, environmental issues constitute 5–10% of the nation's GDP.5

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1http://iranprimer.usip.org/blog/2013/oct/28/iran%E2%80%99s-environment-greater-threat-foreign-foes
2-5 Ibid
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Iran News

Los Angeles Times 
Iran's Revolutionary Guard paramilitary force said it fired six Zolfaghar missiles on Sunday on the city of Deir el-Zour, one of Islamic State's last remaining strongholds in Syria. Iran supports Syrian President Bashar Assad and is in an escalating ... See more..
Forbes 
US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia and the Riyadh Summit, with leaders of over 50 Muslim nations taking part, was a major turning point in the Middle East's balance of power. This development also signaled the end of eight years of the ... See more..
New York Times 
DUBAI — Four Arab states that imposed a boycott on Qatar have issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera television, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish base and pay reparations, demands so far reaching it would appear to be hard for Doha to comply. See more..
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The Guardian 
If JD Salinger could see what was on the shelves in Iranian bookshops, he would turn in his grave. The Inverted Forest, a 1947 novella that he refused to republish in the US for more than half a century, is widely available in Farsi in most Iranian ... See more..
The Guardian 
I helped negotiate the 2015 nuclear deal. Its success depends on constructive engagement, not the destabilising policies currently being pursued. See more..
HuffPost 
An official response to ISIS' deadly twin attacks in Tehran on June 7, Iran's medium-range missile strikes were a clear message not only to many in the region, but to Washington as well, that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to respond decisively ... See more..
Deutsche Welle 
A member of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, it was he after all who approved the decision not to implement the UNESCO education agenda in Iran. Many Iranians tweeted comments such as: "Rouhani said: I will forgo many things, but not the ... See more..
Chicago Tribune 
The House blocked progress on the Senate-passed Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act earlier this week, arguing that it flouted the constitutional provision requiring revenue-raising bills to originate in the House. That prompted accusations ... See more..
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty 
Iran's atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi, who helped forge the 2015 nuclear agreement, warned the United States on June 23 against upsetting the balance of power in the Middle East by siding with arch-rival Saudi Arabia. Writing in the Guardian ... See more..
The Jerusalem Post 
BEIRUT - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that a future war waged by Israel against Syria or Lebanon could draw thousands of fighters from countries including Iran, Iraq and Yemen. His comments indicated that the same array of ... See more..
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Geography

Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea, between Iraq and Pakistan
Area

Total 1,648,195 sq km
Land 1,531,595 sq km
Water 116,600 sq km

Climate

mostly arid or semiarid, subtropical along Caspian coast
Natural Resources

petroleum, natural gas, coal, chromium, copper, iron ore, lead, manganese, zinc, sulfur ;
Natural Hazards

periodic droughts, floods; dust storms, sandstorms; earthquakes
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution, especially in urban areas, from vehicle emissions, refinery operations, and industrial effluents; deforestation; overgrazing; desertification; oil pollution in the Persian Gulf; wetland losses from drought; soil degradation (salination); inadequate supplies of potable water; water pollution from raw sewage and industrial waste; urbanization

Demographics

Nationality
Iranian
Population
79,853,900 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Iran's economy is marked by statist policies and an inefficient state sector, which create major distortions throughout the system, and reliance on oil, which provides a large share of government revenues. Price controls, subsidies, and other rigidities weigh down the economy, undermining the potential for private-sector-led growth. Private sector activity is typically limited to small-scale workshops, farming, some manufacturing, and services. Significant informal market activity flourishes and corruption is widespread. Tehran since the early 1990s has recognized the need to reduce these inefficiencies, and in December 2010 the Majles passed President Mahmud AHMADI-NEJAD's Targeted Subsidies Law (TSL) to reduce state ...See More subsidies on food and energy. This was the most extensive economic reform since the government implemented gasoline rationing in 2007. Over a five-year period the legislation sought to phase out subsidies that previously cost Tehran $60-$100 billion annually and mostly benefited Iran''s upper and middle classes. Cash payouts of $45 per person to more than 90% of Iranian households mitigated initial widespread resistance to the TSL program. However, inflation in 2012 reached its highest level in four years, eroding the value of these cash payouts and motivating the Majles to halt planned price increases for the second half of 2012 through at least March 2013. New fiscal and monetary constraints on Tehran, following international sanctions in January against Iran''s Central Bank and oil exports, significantly reduced Iran''s oil revenue, forced government spending cuts, and fueled a 20% currency depreciation. Economic growth turned negative for the first time in two decades. Iran also continues to suffer from double-digit unemployment and underemployment. Underemployment among Iran''s educated youth has convinced many to seek jobs overseas, resulting in a significant "brain drain." Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.016 trillion (2012 est.); $1.035 trillion (2011 est.); $1.005 trillion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

31.3% of GDP (2012 est.); 38.2% of GDP (2011 est.); 34.2% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

wheat, rice, other grains, sugar beets, sugarcane, fruits, nuts, cotton; dairy products, wool; caviar
Industries

petroleum, petrochemicals, fertilizers, caustic soda, textiles, cement and other construction materials, food processing (particularly sugar refining and vegetable oil production), ferrous and non-ferrous metal fabrication, armaments