About Julia Harte

Julia spent her childhood summers in a remote research station in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, helping her father with a 25-year-old experiment in which he simulated global warming over a patch of alpine meadow. When not measuring plant species diversity or carbon flux in the soil, she could be found scampering around the forests and finding snowbanks to slide down. Now she is a freelance journalist living in Istanbul, where her passion for the environment intersects with her interest in Turkish politics and grassroots culture. She also writes about Turkish climate and energy policy for Solve Climate News.

Turks Ask Their Leaders to Say “No to Nuclear”

Turks Ask Their Leaders to Say “No to Nuclear”

Two years after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan, the Turkish government is moving ahead with nuclear power despite public opposition. Hundreds of Turkish activists formed a human chain across a bridge over Istanbul’s Golden Horn on March 10, the day before the second anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the world’s second […]

Istanbul Municipality Forces Neighborhood To Make Way For Planned Gentrification

Istanbul Municipality Forces Neighborhood To Make Way For Planned Gentrification

Until a recent urban renewal project that forced most residents out, the neighborhood of Tarlabaşı was home to a diverse array of Istanbul’s minority populations. In the early 20th century, Tarlabaşı’s winding streets and colorful buildings were home to many of the city’s Greek residents. After violence against the Greek population their mass emigration from […]

Istanbul’s Natural Oases: The Atatürk Arboretum and Belgrade Forest

Istanbul’s Natural Oases: The Atatürk Arboretum and Belgrade Forest

A natural retreat from the traffic and crowds of Istanbul, the 296-hectare Atatürk Arboretum, above, receives few visitors. But it contains more than 2,000 foreign and native plant species, including some species that can’t be found anywhere else in Turkey. Situated within the city’s Belgrade Forest, the arboretum is a research site for Turkish and foreign scientists, […]

Turkey’s “Mrs. Energy” Campaign Should Lose Gender Roles, Columnist Says

Turkey’s “Mrs. Energy” Campaign Should Lose Gender Roles, Columnist Says

“Empty your vacuum bag often” urges Mrs. Energy (“Energy Hanım”) in this advertisement. An energy conservation campaign recently launched by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Family and Social Policies has already aroused ire among female commentators in the country. The plump poster-wife for the campaign always appears in domestic […]

Coal-Fired Stoves Cause Hundreds of Carbon Monoxide Deaths in Turkey

Coal-Fired Stoves Cause Hundreds of Carbon Monoxide Deaths in Turkey

A family was found dead on Thursday in Istanbul, reports Turkish daily Today’s Zaman, after carbon monoxide fumes from their coal-fired heating stove leaked out and poisoned them. Since 2002, carbon monoxide poisoning has claimed approximately 350 lives in Turkey, according to Turkish Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin. In the southern province of Gaziantep alone, 2,771 residents […]

Hydroelectric Dam Threatens “Ecological Massacre” in Turkey

Hydroelectric Dam Threatens “Ecological Massacre” in Turkey

The Aras River basin is home to more than half of Turkey’s bird species, but a planned hydroelectric dam would alter the river’s marshy ecosystem, driving away the birds. That’s the fear of Çağan Şekercioğlu, president and founder of Turkey’s KuzeyDoğa wildlife preservation NGO. Green Prophet has written about Şekercioğlu’s groundbreaking research, teaching, and conservation work before. Now, […]

Turkish Seed Developer Helps European Farmers Adjust To Warming Temperatures

Turkish Seed Developer Helps European Farmers Adjust To Warming Temperatures

ProGen, a Turkish seed developer and supplier, has specialized in crop varieties that can withstand the hot Mediterranean climate. As climate conditions in European countries increasingly resemble those of their southern neighbors, European farmers are seeking new strains of staple crops that can adjust to the new climate. A pan-European research project, EASTBRED, brought European […]

Turkey’s Wheat Exports Decline Due To Climate Change, Says Industry Official

Turkey’s Wheat Exports Decline Due To Climate Change, Says Industry Official

Turkey’s total wheat production declined 14 percent in 2012 from the year before. Climate change has caused a steady decline in Turkey’s wheat production since 2010, according to Hakan Esen, a representative of the Central Anatolian Exporters’ Association (OAIB). Speaking to reporters in Jakarta, Esen announced that Turkey’s what flour exports to Indonesia would fall […]

Polluting Paradise Documentary Follows Turkish Village’s Battle Against Invading Garbage

Polluting Paradise Documentary Follows Turkish Village’s Battle Against Invading Garbage

Polluting Paradise, the latest film by Turkish-German director Fatih Akin, documents the disgusting damage caused by a garbage dump near the Black Sea village of Çamburnu. Ten years ago, Turkish government authorities decided to transform an abandoned copper mine in northeastern Turkey into the biggest landfill in the eastern Black Sea region. Despite promises that the waste […]

Turkey Ripe For Renewable Energy Boom – So Why The Delay?

Turkey Ripe For Renewable Energy Boom – So Why The Delay?

Despite its vast solar and wind energy potential, Turkey’s renewable resources have only been developed in small pockets of the country, such as the windy Aegean island of Bozcaada (pictured above). With European countries having already tapped most of their low-hanging renewable energy development opportunities, Turkey is perfectly poised to become the new renewable energy […]

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