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Catastrophe on our doorstep

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Halfway into January and there are towns and cities in Turkey that have not seen a single inch or drop of snow this year. Having a mild winter may be good news for city dwellers but it is indeed a horrible beginning in terms of climate change.

According to Habertürk newspaper, the dams that provide water for Ankara are 15 to 20 percent full. It is the worst year in terms of drought for Ankara. The Keban Dam, the oldest in the east and one that provides water for agriculture and electricity, is only 30 percent full. And that means practically no water for crops, especially wheat.

Turkey has been experiencing climate change for the past five years. Severe weather conditions that rocked coastal provinces like Mersin and Antalya in the Mediterranean region and Samsun and Rize in the Black Sea region were signs of things to come. The Turkish governments’ choices of........

© Hürriyet Daily News