Chalus Road a landmark scene and ecotourism hub
Chalus is not just a road; it’s spectacular sight-seeing tourist resort to fill your time if you’re not a traveler to the north of Iran.
It has both a historical place and a venue for recreation and sports. If you are bored of the road and the usual traffic jams on the side of the road, there are peddlers and sometimes restaurants that offer aash (a thick soup/stew, which is usually served hot and is part of Iranian cuisine) and lentils, and you can refresh yourself a little bit and drive then, IRNA wrote.
Chalus Road also known as Kandovan Road, is an important road in Iran especially for the people of Tehran, a large number of whom drive to popular tourist attractions in the north of Iran on weekends and for holidays.
This road is one of the busiest in Iran, There is a tunnel in the road named Kandovan which is built in four years from 1935 until 1939.
A meandering road in the heart of the mountain, which for all of us is more than a road to reach a lush destination in the heart of the north of the country. The path that runs through the rocks and along the river is always in conflict with nature. Chalus Road is one of the routes that can itself be an attractive tourist destination.
Situated 55 kilometers from Karaj, on the slopes of Tochal, Shahrestanak is a lush village with tall poplar trees and nice, pleasant weather. The beloved village of Nasser al-Din Shah whose relics is still present in the village.
The historic village 88 kms from Tehran, dates back to the 6th century AH. A spring of water here attracted people who settled here.
Of course, the village also has a hiking route from the west of the resort to the north of Tehran. In Shahrestanak, don’t miss the ancient Nasseri palace and its old inscriptions, the old gardens alley, the herd of springs.
Chalus Road is not just a road, it hosts athletes alongside the natural attractions and maze of summer and winter. Along with some of the most famous peaks for hiking, you can enjoy fun and sporty recreation at the international Dizin Ski Resort, 5 km from Karaj.
You can go to Dizin via Shemshak and Chalus Road. If you take the Chalus Road from Karaj, you can go to Delkouh and the village of Walitrud instead of continuing north on Karaj and Gachsar. After the village of Valitrood and several residential complexes you reach the Dizin Ski Resort.
Dizin is the first ski and winter sport resort in Iran which has been officially recognized and granted the title by the International Ski Federation for its capability in administrating official and international competitions.
The ski season in Dizin lasts from December to May, due to its high altitude. The highest ski lift reaches 3,600 meters (11,800 ft), making it one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world.
Valasht Lake situated at the southwest of Chalus and northeast of Kelardasht District among deep valleys. It is about 15 hectare and its average depth is 20 meters. Water capacity of the lake is estimated to be about three million square meters and it contains fresh water.
That is why it has become the shelter for migrant birds, fish and other sea creatures. All those interested in mountain climbing, desirable weather, fishing and staying in a peaceful and ideal environment can choose this place to spend time. You can access the lake through Marzanabad and the western side of Chalus Road.
Deforestation must be seen as global threat: Pope in Madagascar
Pope Francis said on Saturday rapid deforestation and reduction in biodiversity in individual countries should not be treated as local issues since they threaten the future of the whole planet.
Francis made his appeal on a visit to Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, which research institutes and aid agencies say has lost about 44 percent of its forest over the past 60 years, abetted by illegal exports of rosewood and ebony, euronews.com reported.
Francis zeroed in on endemic corruption, linking it with equally endemic poverty as well as with illegal poaching and exportation of natural resources.
In remarks to a gathering of Madagascar government leaders, Francis said some were profiting from excessive deforestation, adding: “The deterioration of that biodiversity compromises the future of the country and of the earth, our common home.”
Following recent huge fires in the Amazon region, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejected international criticism about his policy to expand farmland, saying it was a domestic issue.
“The last forests are menaced by forest fires, poaching, unrestricted cutting down of valuable woodlands. Plant and animal biodiversity is endangered by contraband and illegal exportation,” Pope Francis said.
Jobs must be created to wean those engaged in work that is harmful to the environment, so that they will not see it as their only means of survival, the pontiff said in his remarks to President Andry Rajoelina and his cabinet.
“There can be no true ecological approach or effective efforts to safeguard the environment without the attainment of a social justice capable of respecting the right to the common destination of the Earth’s goods, not only of present generations, but also of those yet to come.”
Recent massive fires in the Amazon have lent new urgency to Francis’s calls to protect nature, tackle climate change and promote sustainable development — all themes enshrined in his 2015 encyclical on environmental protection.
Madagascar is one of world’s poorest countries. The UN Nations World Food Program estimates that more than 90 percent of its population of 26 million live on less than $2 a day, with chronic child malnutrition widespread.
Also chronic is corruption, Transparency International says.
Francis urged Madagascar’s leaders “to fight with strength and determination all endemic forms of corruption and speculation that increase social disparity, and to confront the situations of great instability and exclusion that always create conditions of inhumane poverty”.
During his first stint in power, Rajoelina’s cash-strapped administration presided over a big spike in deforestation to supply rosewood and ebony to China despite a national ban on such exports, conservation groups say.
Environmental campaign group TRAFFIC estimates that at least one million rosewood logs had been illegally exported from Madagascar since 2010.
Volunteers collect 255 sacks of trash during coastal cleanup in Philippines
Volunteers from the Cavitex Infrastructure Corp. (CIC) collected some 255 sacks of trash and debris, weighing some 1,275 kilograms, during a coastal clean-up at the Cavitex Mangrove Park in Parañaque City, Philippines, on Saturday.
The Cavitex Mangrove Area, a catch basin for garbage washed up on the shores of Manila Bay, was cleared of hazardous wastes coming from medical and clinical sectors, households and construction sites, which not just pollute the waterways but also endanger, as well, the local marine life, pna.gov.ph reported.
The activity, done in partnership with Phil Reclamation Authority (PRA) and the Philippine Air Force (PAF), engaged some 65 volunteers from PAF, Volunteer Employees of South Tollways (VEST) and Cavitex Advocates for the Restoration (CARE), who took turns in clearing the two-kilometer stretch of the park.
Jeff Carabeo, supervisor of Cavitex Community Relations said the activity is the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR).
“This supports our commitment of being an environmentally conscious and responsible corporation,” he said.
Done on a quarterly basis, the coastal cleanup activity “supports our continuous efforts to raise awareness and establish a holistic program for pollution control and habitat protection through the spirit of volunteerism,” Carabeo added.
From beginning as a mere activity for Cavitex employees in 2014, the initiative inspired the creation of LEAF (Living in Environment of Aqua-Flora and Fauna) Program, which continues to move and engage communities for the implementation of its long-term and need basis environmental CSR projects.
Other than the coastal clean-up activity, Cavitex is also a zero-waste company as it operates its own materials recovery facility (MRF) — a specialized plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials — with a capacity to process 100 kgs of trash daily.
It also promotes mangrove tree growing and maintains a mangrove nursery where seedlings are donated to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other environmentally conscious and responsible organizations.
The activity was also in preparation for the International Coastal Clean-up on September 21.
Hundreds of climate skeptics to mount international campaign to stop net-zero targets being made law
Hundreds of climate change deniers including academics, politicians and lobbyists are to launch a campaign to stop commitments to net zero carbon emissions being enshrined in law, The Independent can reveal.
A letter titled “There is no climate emergency” — which has been signed by 400 people who deem climate change to be a myth — is being sent to leaders of European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) institutions in the coming weeks ahead of key environment talks.
The group will take further steps, which are to be outlined in press conferences in Oslo, Brussels, The Hague and Rome.
The climate deniers are connected to a transatlantic network of think tanks pushing for environmental deregulation after Brexit, which also have a history of climate science denial.
The letter, obtained by investigative non-profit news organization DeSmog, shows the group has links with members of Boris Johnson’s Cabinet.
The “European Declaration” letter claims current changes in the climate are “expected from the cyclic behavior of the climate system”. It also says there is “no proof” that carbon dioxide is a major driver of climate change.
There are signatories from the Cato Institute and Heartland Institute in the US, which are part of the Koch-funded Atlas Network. UK-based free-market organizations such as the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Adam Smith Institute (ASI), and Taxpayers’ Alliance also belong to the network.
Matthew Elliot — who is now reported to be advising Chancellor Sajid Javid — founded Taxpayer’s Alliance. An old employee of Taxpayer’s Alliance, Chloe Westley, has also joined Johnson’s team at No 10. Liz Truss has appointed two special advisors from the IEA and ASI.
The UK’s main climate denial group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), founded by former chancellor Nigel Lawson, is well represented on the list.
The group’s “urgent message” is that the EU net-zero carbon goal — a policy that was blocked by Poland and three other member states in June — should be “strongly opposed”.
“There is no climate emergency and therefore no cause for panic and alarm ... Our advice to political leaders is that science should aim at significantly better understanding the climate system while politics should focus on minimizing potential climate damage,” the letter reads.
Robert Brulle, professor of sociology at Drexel University and an expert on climate science denial, told DeSmog it looked like a panicked response to the significant media coverage on the climate crisis after influential protests by Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg.
“The talking points are stale and patently scientific nonsense. That isn’t critical. The point would be to keep the ‘contested’ nature of climate change alive,” he said.
Geoffrey Supran, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, said he thought the move was an attempt to distract efforts to increase action at the UN Climate Action Summit at the end of the month.
He said: “As always, they presumably hope to muddy the waters of public and political discourse on the climate crisis — to feed the echo chamber of sympathetic right-wing media and blogs, and to prey on naive and unsuspecting journalists who may be tempted to exercise false balance in their climate coverage.”
The campaign is being run by a Netherlands-based climate science denial group called the Climate Intelligence Foundation (Clintel). It was founded by Guus Berkhout who began his career at Shell and set up the Delphi Consortium in the 1980s to work on new ways to extract oil and gas. He said there are “a lot of great names on the list” and that they all give a “valuable contribution to the climate debate”.
One signatory is Northumbria University’s Professor Valentina Zharkova, who gave a lecture last year saying climate change is caused by solar cycles. She coauthored a paper on the subject that was published in June and criticized for containing “basic errors”. The journal launched an investigation into how it was published.
Other signatories of the letter include directors and former directors of oil and gas companies as well as five fellows of the Geological Society of London, a professional body that represents Earth scientists.
The letter also coincides with government meetings in Germany on Sept.20 on how the country will meet its 2030 emissions target.
Berkhout confirmed the letter was real. He told The Independent: “The initiative aims at a lot more than providing a declaration. We will reveal our ambitions and plans in a series of press conferences in Europe, starting in Brussels, Oslo and Rome.”
New research from the University of Montana suggests that streamflow variability brought on by climate change will negatively affect the survival of salamanders, phys.org reported.