Iran’s Environment Protection Organization (IEPO) sprayed water on suffocating Tehran on Tuesday. The experiment was to shake up the atmosphere to produce rain or create artificial wind corridors to blow the thick haze away. Iran’s Mehr news agency reports that water spraying by five pesticide planes did not produce any changes.
“When there are no clouds, how could they even think they could produce rain by impregnating non-existent clouds?” said Majid Abbaspour, the dean of Tehran’s Scientific Research University’s School of Energy and Environment. “And any possible effects on diluting the air pollution would have been at most very temporary” [Mehr News Agency, 9 December].
Hassan Aslian, the former director of IEPO, said the experiment could have produced dangerous acid “rain.”
“Carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide, the most dangerous component of the air pollution in the city, in high densities mixed with water could produce acid rain over the city,” Aslian said [Mehr News Agency, 9 December].
Meanwhile, the air quality situation in the Iranian capital remains as alarming and dangerous for the third consecutive week.
Photo: Mehr News Agency