Economic Boom in Turkey Takes Toll on Marine Life

The development-at-any-cost policies of Turkish Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan — a key factor behind the protests in Istanbul’s Taksim Square — also are playing a role in the steady decline of the country’s porpoises, dolphins, and other marine life. READ MORE

 

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Teeming populations of dolphins and porpoises once existed in the waters around Turkey. But scientists estimate that a staggering 6 million of these cetaceans were killed in the Black Sea in the 20th century. Now, endangered or threatened populations of dolphins and porpoises exist in the Black Sea, the Bosphorus Strait, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles. (Yale Environment 360)

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