Istanbul, Taksim and the Bosphorus covered by snow

”After 2050 we will not see snow in Istanbul again”

A climate expert has refuted the claims of a professor who caused controversy by saying that the Bosphorus will freeze in 3 years.

After 2050 we will not see snow in Istanbul again: this is what says a climate expert who has come up against the recent claims made by Professor Doğan Yaşar, who at the end of February spurred controversy by stating in the media that the Bosphorus will freeze due to a cooling of the climate that will take place in just 3 years, in 2024, and that will take the Earth to a small ice age that will cause a global famine.

“There will be a break in the warm-up. In this pause, we will see the Bosphorus Strait freeze in Istanbul. We will be able to cross the Bosphorus on foot from one side to the other. The last time this happened was in 1929, and I foresee it happening again in 2 or 3 years at the most,” said last month Doğan Yaşar, professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology of the İzmir’s 9 September University.

Yaşar assured then that already in the 90s he had foreseen a pause in global warming from 2020 that would produce a period of global cooling, which would bring less rainfall and consequently droughts and famines due to reduced harvests, which would convert Anatolia in the granary of Europe, since – he assured – in the north of the continent crops would not be viable and ice will cover much of Northern Europe.

The professor’s words had a wide repercussion in the media and social networks, but also a resounding response from experts who consider his statements completely unrealistic; this is the case of Professor Levent Kurnaz, head of the Center for Climate Change at the Istanbul Bosphorus University, who assures that data indicate that we will stop seeing snow not only in Istanbul, but throughout Turkey.

“Ice on the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul? Impossible”

Ice on the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul? Impossible, it doesn’t make sense. Furthermore, no heavy snowfall is expected in Istanbul in the coming years,” Kurnaz said in statements to the media in Turkey. “The last time the Bosphorus froze was in 1650,” he said, contradicting Yaşar’s claim that the strait froze in 1929, something that experts actually attribute to the arrival of ice floes washed up from the Danube River.

“The Earth is experiencing global warming. It makes no sense to say that it will freeze again in just 2 or 3 years”, insisted the professor, calling Yaşar’s statements incongruous. “The Earth cannot expel the energy it receives from the sun from its atmosphere: that is why it is heating up. So, how can anyone say it’s going to freeze in such a short period of time?” he underlined.

In this regard, the climatologist assured that not only the intensity of snowfall in Istanbul has been decreasing over the years, but the frequency of rainfall is also decreasing as well as the periods of drought. “In the next few years there will be less snow. After 2050 we will not see snow in Istanbul again,” he said, adding: “By the end of this century, we will only be able to see snow in eastern Turkey.”