Turkish cities have shown significant drops in air pollutants as the coronavirus hits work and travel, according to the Environment and Urbanization Ministry's data.
The Turkish government is going ahead with the controversial Kanal Istanbul project, despite widespread opposition and the current crisis stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. On March 26, it held a tender for the reconstruction of two bridges on the route of the project.
Following the orders of rector Hüseyin Bağ, a field harvesting local seeds and plants at Pamukkale University in the province of Denizli was recently bulldozed. The field, which was created with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and the EU, was bulldozed for the purpose of creating a social facility. Students assembled in front of the bulldozers to save the field.
Turkey's Chamber of Agricultural Engineers head Özden Güngör said that Turkey may face a desert locust outbreak, saying that it's possible for the outbreak to reach the country since it's already in Iraq and Iran. Pointing to the fact that desert locust swarms can consume food enough for up to 40,000 people in a day, Güngör noted that Turkish authorities need to take action. "This is a greater danger than coronavirus. They destroy food sources completely," he added.
Turkish President Erdoğan has issued a decree to open 14 millions square meters of pasture lands to construction. Public infrastructures and buildings can be built on these pasture lands if the constructions will “serve common good and are of necessity,” says the presidential decree.
A forum that was set to take place in Istanbul's central Taksim Square to discuss the potential environmental effects of the controversial Kanal Istanbul project has been cancelled at the last minute. The forum had a previous clearance from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
A subcompay of the Istanbul Municipality, the Istanbul Electricity, Tramway and Tunnel General Management (İETT) will oversee the Princes' Islands' transition from horse-drawn carriages to electric vehicles. Founded in 1871, IETT currently runs the iconic red tramway in Istanbul's central district of Beyoğlu.
A total of 12 flamingos were found frozen to death in Ivriz Reservoir in the Halkapınar district of the central Anatolian town of Konya. Mayor Mehmet Bakkal said that around 300 flamingos take refuge in the reservoir due to the cold weather, and that the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry will determine an official cause of death for the 12 that seem to have succumbed to the cold.
A 4.9-magnitude earthquake jolted the Mediterranean around 1.49 a.m. early Feb. 11. The source of the quake was located to the east of Crete and some 14.7 below sea level.
The 6.8-magnitude earthquake of Jan. 24 ruptured the fault line underground, and no surface ruptures were observed, which makes it difficult for experts to determine the exact damage, said Serdar Akyüz of Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ).
An Ankara court has ruled against a decision made by the Counsel of Higher Education (YÖK) to not investigate Middle East Technical University's (ODTÜ) rector Verşan Kök for ordering thousands of trees to be cut overnight on campus land.
Some 77 plane trees in Istanbul's Gezi Park will be removed due to a fungus infection and replaced with new trees. In 2013, the park was the scene to months-long protests that started because the government was planning on selling the lot for the construction of a mall.
Agriculture and Forest Labor Union head Şükrü Durmuş has said that 90 percent of the tree saplings planted last year as part of an event died. "We and forestry scientists alike had warned that the conditions for this endeavor were not appropriate. In a season where there is not enough rain, we said that it was wrong to launch this campaign solely for the purpose of entering the Guinness Book of World Records," he said.
Prof. Naci Görür, a member of Turkey's The Science Academy, said the southern delta of Kanal Istanbul will be "violently impacted" by the long-awaited Istanbul earthquake. Görür said that the land surrounding the southern mouth of the canal, between the two Çekmece Lakes, contained many fault lines, and the continent shelf was highly fragmented, a huge risk in a possible earthquake.
Residents of the Gürgen village in the Black Sea province of Rize's Güneysu district--the hometown of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's father--protested against the construction of a hydroelectric powerplant. “The operation here is against the law and has no legal basis, leave our village, we will not give you permission to take our land and destroy our river,” the villagers said.