As the deadline for the pre-tender for a coal-fired thermal power plant in Eskişehir is approaching, public resistance is rising and has become the most artistic form of protest Turkey has seen in a long time.
The reason why Turkey is not among those developing countries eligible for climate finance is the appendix system which was adopted by UNFCCC at 1992 and the system is ended with Paris Agreement. But under this appendix system Turkey as an OECD country was considered as developing country which has many duties on to contribute funding of technology and capacity building to under develop countries.
Our Coal Atlas contains the latest facts and figures on the use of coal and its environmental and social consequences. With more than 60 detailed graphics, the atlas illustrates the coal industry’s impact on nature, health, labour, human rights and politics.
It is not a hard business for a politician to put up new carpets under which things can be swept. In fact, one of the other oldest hoaxes of the business of politics is to fabricate cover-ups with all shapes and size for all issues and to do this without even caring whether all these contradict each other or not.This is what has recently happened in the case of İğneada. Or should we say the Akkuyu question?
Energy investments, especially nuclear energy investments, are not based on needs but political decisions. No one asks the populace what they think during the decision-making phase or in implementation process. Governments in Turkey know that if they did, the answer would probably be not one they would want to hear.
As fossil fuel resources on earth (oil, coal and gas) are restricted in general but intensified in certain geographies, countries whose energy politics depend on these resources frequently complain about foreign-source dependency. Turkey is also dependent on foreign resources for 73% of its fossil fuels1 and its energy imports are estimated to be at the level of 56 billion dollars by the end of 2014.2
Over the past years, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report has made a name for itself as an independent and accurate reference point to researchers and media the world over. The report's success is due to its truly factual and empirical analysis of the global nuclear industry.
Heinrich Böll Stiftung brings Green Economy and Commons issue up for discussion. We will start by trying to answer the question of “what the commons are” and search for the solutions to the problem of sharing and governing our commons in all spheres; from cultural and environmental values to food, from water to air and knowledge. We will discuss the role of commons in the Green Economy as well.
Heinrich Böll Stiftung, opens transportation policies of the cities up for discussion in the Green Economy Conference which will be the third of the series. Public transport but what kind? Which one is more environment friendly; metrobus, metro or buses? Are the bicycle roads part of the green fantasies for big cities or are they -sine qua non- absolutely necessary? Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, Yalova Municipality and the slow cities in Turkey will present their projects. These presentations will be followed by discussions together with the experts.
We look forward to seeing you at the 3rd Green Economy Conference in Istanbul.