14 January 2009

Choke the crows

[Iranian] environmentalists say the hitherto pollution-resistant population of crows have fled [Tehran] in large numbers in recent days after air quality reached crisis levels...Experts fear the departure of the crow – long decried in Iranian culture as a symbol of bad news and gossip – could be the death knell for wildlife in Tehran, where many plants have already lost their smell and colour as a result of the polluted atmosphere.
-- Robert Tait.

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