23 Dec '11, 7pm

Arbitrary, Development-Obsessed Environmental Policy-Making Threatening Turkey's Ecosystems

Arbitrary, Development-Obsessed Environmental Policy-Making Threatening Turkey's Ecosystems

© Jennifer Hattam Rampant development is putting Turkey's natural environment at risk. Ongoing debate about the composition of Turkey's top scientific institute is more than just academic, according to a respected conservation biologist. He argues that changes to the membership of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) are emblematic of the problems plaguing environmental policy-making as well. The Turkish government's decision earlier this year to appoint TÜBA members (who were previously selected by their peers) has prompted many scholars to resign , saying the academy's independence has been threatened. Critics of the move also charge that the decision was made "without explanation or any public debate," as Dr. Çağan Hakkı Şekercioğlu wrote in today's edition of Science . Economic Development Trumps Environmental Concerns "As ecologists and conservation biologists worki...

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