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Top Iran official warns of climate change

The head of Iran's Environmental Protection Organization has spoken out about the impact of global warming and the water crisis in Iran.
Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran hands a letter from Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at the latter's official residence in Tokyo April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3JQOG
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In a speech at the National Conference on Urban Policy, Masoumeh Ebtekar, the head of Iran’s Environmental Protection Organization, warned about the dangers of climate change. Ebtekar, who is also one of President Hassan Rouhani’s vice presidents, said that climate change would impact not only Iran and the Middle East region but the world, calling climate change “a serious threat for life on Earth.”

According to a transcript published by the Islamic Republic News Agency Feb. 18, Ebtekar said, “Global warming will have a very dangerous process and will be followed by devastating impacts and consequences.” She said that global warming will result in rising water levels, reduced rainfall and the submerging of various regions.

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