Three lawyers in Turkey have filed a lawsuit against the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry in order to halt the usage of the herbicide Roundup, which many believe to be carcinogenic. “We will ensure that there will be an awakening among farmers in Turkey,” Özay said, adding that the lawyers also plan to sue Bayer following the conclusion of the case in Turkey.
Fossils discovered by a nature enthusiast in mountainous eastern province of Iğdır revealed that the area, now completely landlocked, used to be a shore and underwater. The fossils contained palm leaves, which grow in hot areas by the water.
A tender for hunting mountain goats in eastern Dersim was scheduled despite public outcry against it. Endemic to the Munzur Valley National Park, mountain goats are considered sacred among locals.
A fire that broke out in the northwestern province of Çanakkale scorched through 450 hectares of land, which included farm land as well as forest.
Renovation work on Istanbul's iconic Galata Tower's exterior was paused to protect the hatching common swift babies. The decision followed a petition with over 11,000 signatures and complaints from non-governmental organizations.
A 250,000 square-meter parcel of protected land in Ankara's Atatürk Forest Farm has been rented to the Ministry of National Defense after its status was converted to be suitable for military use. Established in 1925, the surface of the Atatürk Forest Farm has shrunk by 40 percent between then and 2015.
A recent project by Turkey's Industry and Technology Ministry erected a lift to get visitors to the bottom of the "Heaven Cave," a top attraction in the eastern province of Mersin. While the deputy mayor said they expected this to increase visitors by ten fold, a local architects' representative slammed the project for ruining the local geological structure.
An environmentalist group in the southeastern province of Mardin is concerned that a planned wind energy plant will harm historic Rabat Castle in the area. The Mardin Ecological Association has demanded that the Dicleres Wind Energy Plant project be cancelled.
A flood in the eastern province of Erzincan took down multiple power towers and lines. While the governor ordered a cleanup, nearby villages reported power outages.
Thousands of dead fish washed up on shore in Istanbul's suburban Küçükçekmece Lake, which has happened before, but never as bad as on June 28. Locals think that the mass deaths are caused by waste from nearby factories.
A common swift, a close relative of the hummingbird, was rescued in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş upon a college student's report. Known for their unmatched speed, common swifts are a rare sight in Turkey.
Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urban planning has approved a zoning project for a large patch of land that lies in a protected area in the district of Kaş. A huge fire erupted in Kaş' Çukurbağ peninsula last month burning down a large area of forestland and olive trees.
Turkey's government agencies are violating shorelines law by building holiday resorts on the banks of southeastern Van Lake, a local environmental activist said. Law mandates that beaches and shorelines are used for the public good, with the natural character of the site in mind.
Turkey's Environment and Urbanization Ministry is planning to extend Hopa coastline farther out to sea in an attempt to build a fairground on the new space. NGOs and local movements however challenge the new project saying that it will further deteriorate the natural landscape and create environmental degradation in the region.
Air pollution in Istanbul increased by some 38 percent since the start of the "normalization" process on June 1. Air pollution had dropped significantly during the COVID-19 isolation when a nearby mountain peak became visible, providing rare views.