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Turkey’s Increased Population and Construction have Favored Economic Growth Over Climate Mitigation Policies
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Turkey’s Increased Population and Construction have Favored Economic Growth Over Climate Mitigation Policies

The economy in Turkey has been on a growth trend for many years despite the surging inflation since 2022. The growth has been supported by mainly increased population and construction. The continuing increase in the population pushes the demand for energy up with many other needs. As a country experiencing rapid economic and industrial growth...

Turkey Produces Comprehensive GHG Inventories that Are One Year Behind Schedule
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Turkey Produces Comprehensive GHG Inventories that Are One Year Behind Schedule

Rating: B   Background: The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change that differs from the Kyoto Protocol. While the latter was only focused on the role of developed countries toward their emissions reduction plans and targets, the Paris Agreement required all developed and developing countries to tackle climate change and...

97% of Turkish Farmers Reported Diminishing Harvests and Yields Due to Climate Change-Related Impacts
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97% of Turkish Farmers Reported Diminishing Harvests and Yields Due to Climate Change-Related Impacts

Rating: B  Turkey’s agricultural economy is among the top ten in the world, with half of the country consisting of agricultural land and nearly a quarter of the population employed in agriculture. Turkey is a major producer of wheat, sugar beets, milk, poultry, cotton, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables and is the top producer...

Turkey is Faced with the Crisis of Having Per Capita Water Resources Decline by One-Third by Mid-Century
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Turkey is Faced with the Crisis of Having Per Capita Water Resources Decline by One-Third by Mid-Century

RATING B (Moderately Effective) Water is a precious resource that is gradually getting scarcer. Population growth, industrialization, and urbanization have resulted in a substantial increase in water consumption in the world. While the world’s population grew threefold, water use increased sixfold during the same period. Climate change has also been putting pressure on water resources....

Turkey’s Populist Government Continues Its Subsidies for Gas and Coal
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Turkey’s Populist Government Continues Its Subsidies for Gas and Coal

Climate Progress in the First Half of 2023 Rating: C 2023 has been a very peculiar year for Turkey for several reasons. The primary reason is the Presidential and Genera Parliamentary elections held in May 2023. The government provided substantial subsidies to natural Gas and electricity prices to enhance the ruling party’s popularity. The gasoline...

Turkey’s Efforts to Combat and Prevent Forest Fires
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Turkey’s Efforts to Combat and Prevent Forest Fires

Disasters have been defined by United Nations (UN) as natural events that disrupt the socio-economic and socio-cultural activities of the community significantly, causing life and material losses that “cannot be coped with local capabilities.” Turkey has been facing several major “Natural Disasters” in recent years. The most recent disaster was two consecutive earthquakes within 24...

Turkey will fail to reach its goal of reducing its emissions by 50% by 2030
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Turkey will fail to reach its goal of reducing its emissions by 50% by 2030

The chance of Turkey meeting the 50% reduction of the (BAU) business-as-usual emission levels is almost zero based on the latest official announcement of the Government and the ongoing policies. Turkey’s greenhouse gas emissions stood at around 523.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020, as per the latest available data, which showed a...

Climate Change Threatens the Continuation of the Yoruk Nomadic Culture in Turkey
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Climate Change Threatens the Continuation of the Yoruk Nomadic Culture in Turkey

Anatolia had been a crossroads of civilizations since history started, therefore a local indigenous people population does not exist as such. Historically the ethnicities that existed in Anatolia and Asia Minor are shown on the above map. However, because of the immigration and occupations of other ethnic groups, none of the above show indigenous groups...

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