Toxic Mushrooms in Iran; Adopting to Population Growth and Climate Change

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On May 21, more the 800 people have been poisoned in Iran after eating toxic wild mushrooms that spored in unusually wet weather .  At least 11 people have died from the effects and hundreds more have been hospitalized.  Most of the people that were affected were from provinces of Kermanshah on the border of Iraq.  Also provinces of Lurestan and Kurdistan also reported high cases.

Emergencies services in up to 10 provinces, mostly in the west of the country. Its unclear what kind of mushroom those who have eaten. Authorities have been warn citizens against buying mushrooms sold in loos packaging, and from picking wild mushrooms, even edible spices.

Seven of the 11 dead are from the Kermanshah area, 525 kilometres from Tehran in west Iran

The state sponsored Tasnim news said officials linked the problem with abundant rain rapid growth of wild mushrooms in western Iran. Climate can effect how people live and how it can change a country. In this case rain effected their food and they didn’t know how to  recognize the danger.  The cause was maybe the higher emissions of carbon dioxide which can climate change in the region, and Iran having a warm climate they weren’t used to the massive amounts of rain.

The current global population is 7.6 billion people in the world making demands on the changing environment. With ongoing population growth and climate change the world’s nations and people’s need more compromise and cooperation instead of division in order to solve global problems together.  Recently Iran has been in the news after President Trump canceled an economic and political deal over nuclear weapons.

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A tremendous change occurred with the industrial revolution: whereas it had taken all of human history until around 1800 for world population to reach one billion, the second billion was achieved in only 130 years (1930), the third billion in 30 years (1960), the fourth billion in 15 years (1974), and the fifth billion in only 13 years (1987).

  • During the 20th century alone, the population in the world has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion.
  • In 1970, there were roughly half as many people in the world as there are now.
  • Because of declining growth rates, it will now take over 200 years to double again.

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