Istanbul marked its first 'Lüfer Bayramı' (Bluefish Holiday) this weekend with fishing competitions, environmental talks, and storytelling by fishermen who have experienced 50 years of ups and downs off the coast of Turkey's largest city.
Public concern about global warming is dramatically on the rise in Turkey, increasing from 48 percent in 2010 to 75 percent this year, topping a survey of 10 European countries. But do the numbers really represent the reality?
Heavy rainfall this year in Central Anatolia has been good for Turkey's flamingo population. But plans to ramp up salt production in Tuz Gölü (Salt Lake) could leave the situation considerably less, well, rosy for the gangly pink birds.
Ayşe Erkmen's 'Plan B.' Photo: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV).
Water-treatment plants might not seem to have much aesthetic potential. But Turkish sculptor Ayşe Erkmen is making a splash at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the