Smog in northern China shuts roads, causes canceled flights

Heavy smog in northern China yesterday caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled and highways to shut, disrupting the first day of the new year holiday. 

Large parts of the north were hit by hazardous smog in mid-December, leading authorities to order hundreds of factories to close and to restrict motorists to cut emissions. 

Turkish court approves verdicts against policemen for killing of Gezi protester Ali Ismail Korkmaz

The Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals has approved a verdict against two police officers who were found guilty of killing 19-year-old Gezi protester Ali İsmail Korkmaz. 

Officers Mevlüt Saldoğan and Yalçın Akbulut, who were both convicted to 10 years and 10 months in jail, will serve prison terms that were handed down by a Kayseri court after the case was re-evaluated. 

Police who shot dead Gezi protester fined $2,800

A court in Istanbul has fined a police officer who shot dead a protester during the 2013 Gezi Park protests. 
The court sentenced Ahmet Şahbaz to one year, four months and 20 days in prison for killing Ethem Sarısülük but later converted the sentence into a punitive fine of roughly 2,800 dollars, Anadolu Agency reported on Dec. 19. 

Paris Environmental Agreement Enters Into Force

The Paris Environmental Agreement entered into force officially on Friday, reported Reuters, cited by BTA.

This will put pressure on nearly 200 countries to start reducing greenhouse gases emissions.

The agreement is aimed at keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

Major environmental changes seen for Mediterranean: Study

Global warming is likely to change the environment of the Mediterranean region in ways unseen in the past 10,000 years, reshaping forests and turning parts of Europe into desert, researchers warned on Oct. 27.

The Mediterranean is known as a hotspot for biodiversity, and it is warming up fast.