Baran Bozoğlu, President of the Climate Change Policy and Research Association, pointed out that the recent weather changes and excessive precipitation are the effects of climate change and warned that these weather events will continue to be experienced more severely.
Bozoğlu made an assessment to the AA correspondent about the sudden changes in air temperatures and increasing precipitation in recent days.
Stating that the problem of climate change is becoming more and more felt by the day, Bozoğlu said, “Extreme events such as sinkholes increasing day by day, increase in the frequency and severity of precipitation, floods that cause deaths in cities and rural areas, extreme increases and decreases in temperatures, climate change, that is, climate change. emerge as a result of the crisis ???????. We see that their severity and frequency are increasing.” he said.
Pointing to the recent heavy rains especially in the Central Anatolia Region, Bozoğlu said, “We are discussing droughts on the one hand, but when there is precipitation, heavy precipitation can be seen in a short time. At the same time, the number of snowfall days is decreasing, perhaps in the natural water cycle, But when this happens too often and intensely, the conditions for the soil and the city to absorb this water, that is, to contain it and manage it, disappear. Therefore, the climate crisis has already started and will continue to increase. If we are experiencing the effects of climate change today, it will be much more severe next year, after that. We’re going to live more and more violently all the time.” used the phrases.
“Extreme temperatures, heat waves will increase”
Regarding the changes in air temperatures, Bozoğlu said, “It is a fact that the number of hot nights and days is increasing especially in the Central Anatolia Region and other cities compared to previous years. This means that we will encounter much warmer weather in the coming July, August and September months. Extreme temperatures. , heat waves will increase.” said.
Pointing out that the drought in the water basins has also started to increase, Bozoğlu said:
“There are serious recessions in Salt Lake, Burdur and Meke Lake. At the same time, when we compare the amount of glaciers on Mount Ararat and Erciyes, which we call our ‘glaciers’, we see a decrease compared to previous years. In fact, one of the biggest disasters “We are losing these glacial areas. What needs to be done when all this is in front of us, what kind of solution can we come up with? The most important thing here is actually adapting to climate change and learning to live with this change.”
“Systems should be established to store excessive precipitation underground”
Drawing attention to the headings of “adaptation to climate change” and “reducing greenhouse gas emissions” in the Paris Climate Agreement, Bozoğlu said, “We need to renew the infrastructure according to the climate conditions in all our cities. Right now, all our cities should be turned into construction sites and the infrastructure should be adapted to the climate crisis. All the structures in the stream beds must be demolished unconditionally and solutions must be produced to eliminate their grievances. In addition, water basins must be protected and pollution must be prevented. It is also important to develop domestic and national environmental technologies. “
Pointing out that systems that will store excessive precipitation, such as “rain harvesting”, should be created underground and investments should be directed to this issue, Bozoğlu stated that Turkey should also be allocated a share from the green climate fund in the Paris Agreement for the costs to be used in supporting all these technologies.
Bozoğlu also noted the following about what can be done individually at the point of adaptation to climate change:
“In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, citizens need to reduce their consumption, embrace the concept of zero waste, control electricity-energy use and pay attention to water consumption. When individuals do this, it will have a huge multiplier effect and our lives will be much easier.”