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Istanbul Municipality approves change on zoning plan in historical peninsula despite objections

Istanbul Municipality approves change on zoning plan in historical peninsula despite objections

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) has approved a change in its zoning plan for the city’s historical peninsula, despite objection from its local urban planning office, which claimed the new regulation would lead to “irreversible” outcomes.

Comment(s)2/21/2017

Oil spill results in major pollution in Gulf of İzmit

Oil spill results in major pollution in Gulf of İzmit

A major oil spill that occurred off the coast of Dilovası in the Gulf of İzmit on Jan. 12 has been cleaned up “to a great extent,” according to Turkey’s Environment Ministry

Comment(s)1/19/2017

World Health Organization report raises alarm about bad air in Turkish cities

World Health Organization report raises alarm about bad air in Turkish cities

Eight of the 10 cities with poor air pollution in Europe are from Turkey, according to data prepared from the World Health Organization on ultra-fine particles of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5s)

Comment(s)2/15/2017

Cleaning of fuel leakage to last two months in Turkey’s Çeşme

Cleaning of fuel leakage to last two months in Turkey’s Çeşme

Cleaning works will last for at least two months after a 50-ton-fuelled ship stranded in the Çeşme district of the Aegean province of İzmir leaked and polluted its Paşalimanı area and Ilıca-Yıldız Burnu coast, Çeşme District Mayor Muhittin Dalgıç has said

Comment(s)12/28/2016

Turkey’s loss of wetlands exceeds size of Marmara over last 60 years: Report

Turkey’s loss of wetlands exceeds size of Marmara over last 60 years: Report

Turkey has lost wetland areas totaling 1.5 times the surface area of the Marmara Sea in the last 60 years, the Nature Foundation revealed in a study on Feb. 2, noting that there was little optimism that current measures would prevent further losses.

Comment(s)2/3/2017

Turkey’s protected sites gets reviewed, introduces new categorization

Turkey’s protected sites gets reviewed, introduces new categorization

Turkey’s 2.5 million hectares of protected sites have undergone a review during a categorization of the areas was replaced by three different categories.

Comment(s)11/29/2016

Environmentalists protest tramway construction in Istanbul’s Belgrade Forest

Environmentalists protest tramway construction in Istanbul’s Belgrade Forest

A group of environmentalists on Jan. 29 protested the planned construction of a tramway line that is expected to tear through Istanbul’s Belgrade Forest, Doğan News Agency has reported.

Comment(s)1/30/2017

‘Green haven’ in Black Sea opening to mass housing

‘Green haven’ in Black Sea opening to mass housing

The Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ) will construct Ottoman-style buildings in the highlands of the Black Sea provinces

Comment(s)11/25/2016

Turkish Forest Ministry local branch files criminal complaint after deadly Marmara oil spill

Turkish Forest Ministry local branch files criminal complaint after deadly Marmara oil spill

The local branch of the Forestry Ministry in the northwestern province of Kocaeli on Jan. 30 filed a criminal complaint against a port in the industrial Dilovası district, which led to the spillage of 100 tons of oil into the İzmit Gulf.

Comment(s)1/30/2017

Shops to be banned from displaying tobacco products

Shops to be banned from displaying tobacco products

Cigarette packages will no longer be displayed in shops selling tobacco products and new regulations on their sales will be implemented, according to a statement by the Health Ministry.

Comment(s)11/14/2016

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