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Court halts rapid expropriation for Istanbul’s third airport

Court halts rapid expropriation for Istanbul’s third airport

A Council of State board has halted the execution of a cabinet decision on rapid expropriation of the land for Istanbul’s third airport project to the north of the city, determining there was no reasoning of the “defense of the country” in the case.

Comment(s) 6/17/2015

Russian and Norwegian residents protest against waste facility’s smell in Antalya

Russian and Norwegian residents protest against waste facility’s smell in Antalya

A group of residents in the resort town of Kemer, including Norwegians and Russians, held a protest by blocking the road against the waste facility in southern Turkey

Comment(s) 5/26/2015

Untouched beach in southern Turkey to be covered in concrete

Untouched beach in southern Turkey to be covered in concrete

A famous beach, which has remained untouched and been considered among the best in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, will have part of its natural beauty covered with concrete in a bid for the construction of a resort in the area

Comment(s) 6/16/2015

University to be built on protected area: Report

University to be built on protected area: Report

A private university is to be built on a previously protected forest area in the Beykoz district of Istanbul, after a construction firm received special permission from the Environment and Urbanization Ministry, opposing a decision made by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to keep the area protected from construction.

Comment(s) 5/25/2015

Court cancels access road plans for Istanbul’s third bridge

Court cancels access road plans for Istanbul’s third bridge

An Istanbul court revoked an amendment on June 11 for the construction plans of the access roads to Istanbul’s third bridge, which is being built in the northern part of the city

Comment(s) 6/11/2015

Olive trees replanted following night-time clear-cutting in Turkish town

Olive trees replanted following night-time clear-cutting in Turkish town

Villagers in the Aegean town of Yırca have planted olive trees in the place where more than 6,000 olive trees were felled for the construction of a coal power plant in late 2014 even though locals had stood guard to prevent the destruction

Comment(s) 5/25/2015

Analysis deems parts of Istanbul’s Kadıköy district risky to swim in

Analysis deems parts of Istanbul’s Kadıköy district risky to swim in

It is unhealthy and risky to swim in some places of the Marmara Sea off of Istanbul’s Kadıköy district due to pollution caused by a local creek, according to measurements conducted by the municipality

Comment(s) 6/3/2015

Hotel construction in Phaselis canceled

Hotel construction in Phaselis canceled

After the remains of historic structures and human skeletons were found in the ancient city of Phaselis, located along the Mediterranean coast, the construction of a five-star hotel near the ancient city has been canceled by the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs.

Comment(s) 5/21/2015

Manmade peninsula under way in Istanbul

Manmade peninsula under way in Istanbul

A 140,000-meter square manmade peninsula as large as ten football stadiums has plans to be constructed as a shoreline extension of Istanbul’s Ataköy neighborhood

Comment(s) 6/2/2015

Ergene project will destroy marine life: Report

Ergene project will destroy marine life: Report

A planned clean-up project for Ergene River would destroy natural life in the Marmara Sea, according a report released by several non-governmental organizations and environmental groups May 18.

Comment(s) 5/18/2015

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