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Iran, regional nations sign accord to tackle sand storms

September 30, 2010

Iran, Iraq, Syria, Qatar and Turkey have inked an accord in Tehran aimed at tackling the problem of sand storms within the next five years, local media reported on Thursday.

The agreement was reached at an environmental conference on Wednesday during which officials agreed to establish a network of meteorological stations, regenerate vegetation to stabilise soil and exchange expertise in these areas.

Sand storms originating in Iraq are mostly blamed on two decades of on-and-off wars, with officials there saying the number of palm trees drop by two-thirds, from around 36 million to just 12 million.

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