Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Büyük Samanlık beach opens for season
Büyük Samanlık Beach opened for the season this week. The beach, which is located on the Fethiye peninsula, has undergone a refurbishment and now offers a newly renovated restaurant, a selection of köşks (pavilions), piers, and an accessible section with a ramp to ensure people with disabilities can enter and exit the sea. The beach also provides qualified lifeguards.
The employees at the facility consist of Tourism High School graduates and intern students who have trained in the profession and the aim is to provide its guests with quality, affordable and hygienic service concept.
Hot asphalt laid on Ölüdeniz Caddesi
Work continues on laying the Hot Asphalt (BSK) on Ölüdeniz Caddesi. Infrastructure improvement work was completed, the old parquet cleared away, surface preparation carried out and teams have now laid the hot asphalt surface.
Tahir Başaran, Director of Science Affairs of Fethiye Municipality, said in a statement, “All of our teammates are making every effort to ensure that the road and pavement works are completed quickly as quickly as possible.”
Source: Fethiye Belediyesi
Turkey confirms warmest May in over half a century
Last month was the warmest May in the last 51 years in Turkey, according to the country’s meteorology department.
The average May temperature in Turkey rose 2.6 degrees Celsius (4.7 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the Turkish State Meteorological Service data, compiled by Anadolu Agency.
Before this, the highest average temperature in Turkey since 1971 was recorded in May 2007.
Carbon emissions from fossil fuel use is the main reason behind the increase global temperatures, said Levent Kurnaz of the Center for Climate Change and Policy Studies at Istanbul’s Bogazici University.
“This causes the atmosphere to warm up,” he said, explaining how 2020 was the warmest year on record.
He said the world’s average temperature was generally high during the years of El Nino, a phenomenon that affects air and ocean circulation in the Pacific Ocean.
“If El Nino occurs in 2022 or 2023, then Turkey’s average temperature will rise accordingly because all parts of the world will warm more than average,” Kurnaz added.
Mucilage in Marmara Sea not hazardous or toxic
Initial studies have shown that the marine mucilage, known colloquially as “sea snot,” in Turkey’s Marmara Sea is “not hazardous waste and does not show toxic properties,” the country’s environment and urbanization minister, Murat Kurum, said Tuesday.
Speaking after a meeting of the Marmara Sea Action Plan Coordination Board, Kurum said that if the nitrogen level of the Marmara Sea decreases by 40%, the sea will return to normal.
A clean-up effort was launched last week with teams skimming and removing some of the mucilage from the water.
Sea snot has dealt a huge blow to fishing, the main income for thousands in the Marmara, with fish turning up dead in areas affected by the sea snot. Although experts say the snot does not leave “poison” inside the fish as previously presumed, fishermen have complained of a drop in sales.
In the meantime, scientists warn about the onset of a new danger for the Marmara Sea already embattled with mucilage: a buildup of hydrogen sulfide that threatens to destroy marine life. A new study showed that the gas in Çınarcık Basin off the coast of Yalova province was absent until 2019, and since then it has grown and drained away oxygen in the area.
Istanbul University’s Alemdar II research vessel recently visited the area home to a 1,270-meter depth basin which is located on a route hosting an active fault line expected to strike the wider Marmara region with an earthquake in the future. Professor Nuray Çağlar, who led the expedition to the area, told Milliyet newspaper that they had “worrying results” from their work at an observation station they set up at the basin to monitor climate change.
Çağlar said the station gives the best results in measuring the “health” of marine life in the Marmara and the rise in hydrogen sulfide levels pointed to “a new era” in the sea’s ecosystem. The team of scientists last visited the basin in 2019 and found no traces of hydrogen sulfide. “Existence of hydrogen sulfide shows oxygen levels are depleted here. We discovered sulfide at a depth of 500 meters and it is more intense toward the bottom of the basin,” she said.
The findings echo similar studies in the Marmara Sea where marine mucilage has been prevalent for the past few months, threatening the ecosystem. An academic committee providing recommendations to the Turkish Presidency on the “sea snot” issue announced last week that the sea’s ecosystem has “lost its durability and became vulnerable to external factors,” citing risks from harmful algae, jellyfish overgrowth and hydrogen sulfide formation.
The committee had listed rising temperatures, oxygen depletion, the acidification of oceans, terrestrial inputs – sewage water and food elements – overfishing, pollution, invading species and maritime activities among the main causes of the excessive mucilage, which like hydrogen sulfide, suck out the oxygen levels underwater, killing the fauna and flora.
Source: Daily Sabah
Istanbul deploys earthquake-tsunami early warning system
The first earthquake-tsunami observation system for Istanbul, a city where a “big one” is expected to hit in the near future, was opened on Monday. The station, equipped with multidisciplinary measurement systems for seismic data, will provide an early warning “between five to seven minutes” in case of a tsunami in the aftermath of an earthquake, authorities say.
Located in Büyükçekmece, a district on the remote western part of the city’s European side, the station will be run by the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, one of the leading institutions in the country on earthquake studies and warnings. Büyükçekmece is one of the places likely to be affected by a potential major earthquake in the future if the tremor has an epicenter off the coast of the Marmara Sea. The station was established at a marina on the Marmara coast.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the station, professor Haluk Özener, director of the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, said “It will allow observation of earthquakes, meteorological incidents and changes in sea levels. It will later be installed with a GPS station for instant observation of movements in the Earth’s crust. This is an important step in our efforts to reduce earthquake damage. Earthquake observation stations are able to locate the epicentre of an earthquake in 30 seconds, but the tsunami they created required additional observation and different parameters. It is the secondary risk from the earthquake but devastating anyway, as we have seen in Bodrum (of southwestern Turkey) after an earthquake on (Greek island) Kos in 2017 and after the Izmir earthquake last year. A possible Marmara earthquake will likely trigger a tsunami.”
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkey’s central bank keeps interest rate unchanged at 19%
Turkey’s central bank left its key benchmark interest rate unchanged at 19% on Thursday.
The bank said in a statement that the interest rate would be determined at a level about inflation and a “tight” monetary policy would continue “to maintain a strong disinflationary effect… and the medium-term 5% (inflation) target is reached.” Data from May put inflation in Turkey at 16.59%.
The statement said an increase in exports, slower credit growth and Turkey’s accelerating vaccination rollout would improve the current account balance and the central bank “will continue to use decisively all available instruments in pursuit of the primary objective of price stability.”
Turkey out of EURO 2020
Turkey’s EURO 2020 journey ended won Sunday after the team lost 3-1 against Switzerland in their last Group A match on Sunday at the Baku Olympic Stadium. Turkey lost their other Group A matches with Italy and Wales.
Turkey had shown potential by beating the Netherlands 4-2 in a World Cup qualifier but went on to end their tournament with no points.
Source: Daily Sabah
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Fethiyespor shared their condolences on the death of former team captain Ozan Karaören saying,
“We are saddened to hear the news of the death of one of our former team captains Ozan Karaören. May God have mercy on our captain and we express our condolences to his relatives and our community.”
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 12.07 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 11.83 TL.
The US Dollar bought 8.73 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.38 TL.
The Euro bought 10.36 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.15 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Pelicans in flight” by Norman Clark.