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Turkey’s environment minister says clause legalizing controversial buildings removed from bill

Turkey’s environment minister says clause legalizing controversial buildings removed from bill

Environment Minister İdris Güllüce says the clause that would legalize already-constructed buildings by awarding them “vested rights” status has been removed from a new omnibus bill

Comment(s) 1/13/2015

Turkey's Environment Ministry fully backs privatization of protected İztuzu beach

Turkey's Environment Ministry fully backs privatization of protected İztuzu beach

Turkey’s Environment Ministry gives its full backing to the privatization of the protected Mediterranean beach, known for being one of the most important breeding grounds for loggerhead turtles

Comment(s) 1/6/2015

Signatures on engineer assessment of Turkey’s first nuclear plant forged: Report

Signatures on engineer assessment of Turkey’s first nuclear plant forged: Report

The signatures of two engineers who prepared the ÇED for Akkuyu nuclear plant were reportedly forged

Comment(s) 1/12/2015

Construction plans for Turkey's Caretta beach triggers protests

Construction plans for Turkey's Caretta beach triggers protests

Local activists were prompted to action after the company that won the privatization tender entered the protected area with three construction vehicles to take over the facilities at the sandy beach, which is also globally known for being one of the main breeding grounds for loggerhead turtles, or Caretta Caretta.

Comment(s) 1/5/2015

Protesters camping at İztuzu beach halt demo after new suspension of privatization

Protesters camping at İztuzu beach halt demo after new suspension of privatization

Local activists had been camping for more than 10 days near the protected İztuzu beach on the Mediterranean Sea, known as a safe haven for loggerhead turtles

Comment(s) 1/9/2015

Activists protest razing of 800-year-old cedar trees for Antalya marble quarry

Activists protest razing of 800-year-old cedar trees for Antalya marble quarry

Environmental activists protested over the weekend against the felling of 800-year-old cedar trees for a marble quarry near the Mediterranean resort town of Antalya

Comment(s) 1/5/2015

Turkey’s forests are growing, Forestry Ministry claims

Turkey’s forests are growing, Forestry Ministry claims

Forestry and Waterworks Minister Veysel Eroğlu has claimed that forested areas areas are growing in Turkey, despite an opposite trend across the world.

Comment(s) 1/9/2015

Chamber to sue state over abrupt green light to Turkey’s first nuclear plant

Chamber to sue state over abrupt green light to Turkey’s first nuclear plant

Turkey’s rebellious Chamber of Turkish Engineers and Architects is set to open a lawsuit against the Environment Ministry after it hurriedly approved a highly controversial environmental report on the Akkuyu plant

Comment(s) 1/2/2015

Turkish court requests environmental report for five-star hotel near ancient coastal city

Turkish court requests environmental report for five-star hotel near ancient coastal city

The hotel, named 'Dream of Phaselis,' slated to have 280 rooms and owned by the hotel chain Rixos, would have been built on the limits of the national park

Comment(s) 1/9/2015

Ministry gives license to extract 1.8 billion tons of lignite coal in Central Anatolia

Ministry gives license to extract 1.8 billion tons of lignite coal in Central Anatolia

As the wounds of the recent coal mine accident that killed 18 workers in the Central Anatolian heartland of Karaman are still fresh, the Energy Ministry has given licenses for three new mines in the same area

Comment(s) 12/29/2014

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