tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/turkey1 turkey news from mongabay.com 2015-06-22T15:06:13Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15014 2015-06-22T14:46:00Z 2015-06-22T15:06:13Z Turkish government bears down on rural resistance to mining and hydro projects <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0526_jh_150_2.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Over the past two decades, industry has encroached rapidly on Turkey's Black Sea region. Home to just 10 percent of Turkey's population of 75 million, it contains some of the country's most beautiful and biodiverse natural areas. As the threats to these places multiply, so too has the local resistance. Villagers face police force, legal hurdles, and more subtle means of suppression in their fight to protect the environment. Rebecca Kessler 41.106040 41.757093 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15003 2015-06-19T14:25:00Z 2015-06-19T14:32:13Z New solidarity in struggle to protect Turkey's 'life spaces' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0526_jh_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Emerging regional and national networks seek to build connections between local communities and provide support to their fights against dams, mines, and other environmental threats. Rebecca Kessler 41.203944 41.820140 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11314 2013-04-29T14:19:00Z 2013-04-29T14:29:36Z Featured documentary: Damocracy, highlighting the battles over the Belo Monte and Ilisu dams A new short documentary highlights the battles over monster dam projects imperiling local people and wild rivers. Examining the Belo Monte dam in Brazil and the Ilisu dam in Turkey, the documentary argues that such hydroelectric projects cannot be deemed "green" energy as they overturn lives, livelihoods, and ecosystems. Jeremy Hance 37.525112 41.847389 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11244 2013-04-16T14:01:00Z 2013-04-16T14:13:25Z Iraqi who is bringing back the Garden of Eden wins top environment award <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0416.800px-Marsh_Arabs_in_a_mashoof.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The vast Mesoptomian marshes in southern Iraq were said to be the site of the original Garden of Eden. On their fringes have risen and fallen 12,000 years of Sumerian, Assyrian, Chaldean, Persian and Arab civilizations. Organized farming is thought to have begun here, as did the first cities and writing. In legend, Gilgamesh fell asleep on the water side and let slip from his fingers the plant of eternal youth. Abraham was said to have been born here and explorers like Sir Wilfred Thesiger made their name here. Jeremy Hance 30.700516 47.551346 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10807 2013-02-04T16:46:00Z 2015-02-09T22:28:16Z Scientist: releasing invasive birds in Turkey to eat ticks will backfire <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0204.helmetedguineafowl.IMG_6784.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As Turkey raises and releases thousands of non-native helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris) to eat ticks that carry the deadly Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus, new research suggests guineafowl actually eat few ticks, carry the parasites on their feathers, and further spread the disease. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10448 2012-11-26T13:28:00Z 2012-11-26T13:38:51Z China and India plan 818 new coal plants Even as the clamor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions reaches a new high&#8212;echoed recently by such staid institutions as the World Bank and the International Energy Agency (IEA)&#8212;a new analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI) finds that 818 new coal-fired plants are under proposal in China and India. In all 1,199 new coal-fired plants are currently planned worldwide, according to the report, totaling 1.4 million megawatts of energy. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9324 2012-03-28T16:46:00Z 2012-04-04T12:05:33Z Turkey's rich biodiversity at risk <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/turkey.cagan.raptor.IMG_1449.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Turkey: the splendor of the Hagia Sophia, the ruins of Ephesus, and the bizarre caves of the Cappadocia. For foreign travelers, Turkey is a nation of cultural, religious, and historic wonders: a place where cultures have met, clashed, and co-created. However, Turkey has another wealth that is far less known: biodiversity. Of the globe's 34 biodiversity hotspots, Turkey is almost entirely covered by three: the Caucasus, the Irano-Anatolian, and the Mediterranean. Despite its wild wealth, conservation is not a priority in Turkey and recent papers in Science and Biological Conservation warn that the current development plans in the country, which rarely take the environment into account, are imperiling its species and ecosystems. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7627 2011-03-23T19:13:00Z 2011-03-23T19:16:11Z Top forest policies recognized 19 forest policies have been nominated for an award by the World Future Council, a global think tank. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7380 2011-02-01T20:45:00Z 2011-02-01T20:47:56Z Organizations unite against plan to open Turkey's protected areas to development Last week nearly 200 Turkish organizations banded together to protest a draft law by the government to open up Turkey's protected areas to development. A combination of environmental, health, education, and human rights groups joined outside the Turkish Parliament with signs stating, 'We Won't Give You Anatolia', another name for the region. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4576 2009-05-26T23:42:00Z 2009-05-26T23:47:15Z Dirt road converted into artificial island for birds in Eastern Turkey A dirt road that had bisected Lake Kuyucuk in Turkey’s Kars Province has been turned into an island for birds to breed safely away from livestock, foxes, and humans. Converted from a road into island in only two months, the 200 meter-long artificial island is the first of its kind in Eastern Anatolia. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4537 2009-05-12T17:06:00Z 2009-05-12T17:06:56Z Turkey ignores bluefin tuna quotas, further imperiling critically-endangered species A few weeks into the bluefin tuna fishing season and Turkey has decided to go it alone. Breaking international agreements, the Turkish government has announced that it will ignore agreed-upon bluefin tuna quotas. The news is not good for the survival of the critically-endangered fish species, since Turkey operates the largest Mediterranean fleet for bluefin tuna. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3295 2008-09-24T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:15:14Z 12 fish species go extinct in lake near Istanbul Turkey has lost twelve species of fish to pollution in Lake Sapanca. Lake Sapanca used to be one of Turkey's most bio-diverse lakes. A decade ago the lake's water was pristine enough to be pumped directly to Istanbul for citizen use, but due to rising pollution it no longer serves as a source for the city water. Rhett Butler