Turkey: flamingos decimated by the scorching heat

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Turkey: flamingos decimated by the scorching heat

Thousands of flamingos died in Turkey, in the Salt Lake. In the last two weeks, they charred by scorching temperatures and scarcity of water. In Salt Lake thousands of these birds reproduce there during the spring. The Turkish Minister of Agriculture, Bekir Pakdemirli, speaks of a thousand birds killed but denies that part of the responsibility is attributable to the intensive agriculture practiced in the area, confining himself to confirming the drought and the lower concentration of water resources in the area.

Since 2000, the Salt Lake has been declared a protected area, in order to protect the biodiversity of the place, as well as the natural and cultural resources it houses but evidently in vain. Environmentalists point the finger at the climate crisis but above all against unsustainable agricultural practices, which have seen the need for water in the area exceed by 30% that of last year, according to a report published by the Turkish environmental association TEMA.

130,000 elephants at risk for the construction of oil wells

Thousands of African elephants threatened by the construction of a huge new oil field between Namibia and Botswana.

Today there are fewer than 450 thousand specimens that survive in Africa, compared to millions of not so long ago: 130 thousand of these have chosen the region where it was decided to build the field as a home. This is the ReconAfrica project that would put the species even more at risk.

According the newspaper Guardian, about ReconAfrica Canadian oil and gas company has, in fact, rented more than 34,000 square kilometers of land in the Okavango River basin, endangering the survival of animals and the population in the Okavango Delta.

People who have not been consulted about the possible construction of a field. Upon hearing the news from the radio and social media, they fear being forced to leave their homes. Not only that, in recent months more than three hundred elephants have been found dead in the area.

And forest authorities point the finger at some natural toxins that produce poison, particularly in standing water. The Namibian government has said that only exploration licenses have been granted so far, pointing out that the research sites were not located in any conservation areas, and will not have any significant impact on wildlife.

Scientists, environmentalists and local communities say that the project could jeopardize the area’s water reserves, already critical, and threaten the Okavango Delta in Botswana, a World Heritage Site. International Energy Agency made it clear that it is necessary to abandon the idea of ​​exploiting new oil and gas fields.

Only in this way will the zero emissions target by 2050 and the possibility of containing the global temperature increase by 1.5 degrees be realized. Experts have made it clear that the extraction of billions of barrels of fossil fuels from a giant new oil field in Africa would directly contradict this goal, with potentially disastrous consequences for the climate emergency.

Nnimmo Bassey, director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation and president of Oilwatch Africa, said: "Every element of this project, from building new roads to drilling sites to refineries, will devastate the ecosystem and local communities that depend on it for agriculture and fisheries."