Natural environment

Pharrell Williams heads up 'Live Earth' global climate concert

More than 100 artists will take part in a global "Live Earth" concert on June 18 to galvanise demands for climate action, former US vice president Al Gore said Jan. 21.
"We are going to have one event all over the world on all seven continents," he announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Oil and Gas Explorations at Vranino Halted, Await Court Ruling

At present no exploration works are being carried out at the Vranino field in northeastern Bulgaria, as the verdict of the Supreme Administrative Court (VAS) is awaited.
This was announced by the Minister of Environment and Water Ivelina Vasileva in a response to a question posed to her in Parliament on Friday, electronic daily Dnevnik reports.

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

The signatures of two nuclear engineers who prepared the environmental impact assessment report (ÇED) for Turkey?s prospective nuclear plant in Akkuyu were forged, ahead of the final approval of the mandatory document to allow the facility?s construction, daily BirGün reported Jan. 12.

The plant is scheduled to be built in the southeastern Mediterranean district of Akkuyu.

Waste site in Ankara's Beypazar? to be turned into park

A waste site that is both creating pollution and causing disturbance in Ankara?s Beypazar? district will be turned into a recreation area. 

The site, located one kilometer from Beypazar??s city center, which is a source of pollution and emits a foul odor, will be transformed into a recreation area including an artificial pond, picnic areas, sporting areas and decorative pools.

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

Turkey?s rebellious Chamber of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) is set to open a lawsuit against the Environment Ministry after it hurriedly approved a highly controversial environmental report on Turkey?s first nuclear plant, ending months of legal wrangling a day ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin?s visit to Ankara last month.

Policeman who hailed death of Gezi victim ‘pathological case,’ lawyer says

The trial into a policeman who hailed Gezi victim Berkin Elvan’s death on Facebook started Dec. 23, with the lawyer representing the victim’s family labeling the officer as a “pathological case who takes pleasure in the death of a 14-year-old.”