Istanbul, the Bosphorus frozen in a near future

Turkish scientist: climate will cool and freeze the Bosphorus in 2024

Turkish expert says that in the short term the planet faces a drastic cooling of the climate that will bring droughts and famines.

Climate may be warming due to climate change, but a Turkish scientist says that in the short term – in no more than 2 or 3 years – what awaits us is not a warming, but a global cooling that will cause a drop in the temperatures across the globe that will eventually freeze the Bosphorus, causing droughts and famine.

This is what maintains Doğan Yaşar, professor at the Institute of Marine Science and Technology of the September 9th University of İzmir (Turkey) and author throughout his career of numerous studies on the evolution of the seas and the climate. In statements made this week to the DHA agency, this prestigious scientist assures that the planet is heading for a small period of global cooling that “will be in 2022, 2023 or 2024.”

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 most”, says Professor Yaşar, for whom what we should be concerned about is not climate warming, but climate cooling.

Istanbul, Bosphorus frozen in 1929

Climate cooling will bring droughts and famines

“A cooling of the climate means droughts. A cooling of the climate means famines. This is why we must worry about cooling. I have been warning about this since the 90s: global warming will continue to increase until the 2020s (and then it will cool down), as it already happened in the 1900s”, explains the expert.

On the danger posed by climate cooling, Yaşar points to the decrease in rainfall. “The most important problem will be droughts. Rains will be severely reduced. Second, there will be a very serious decline in agricultural production. With a proper agricultural policy, this could bring a time of great prosperity for Anatolia,”says the professor, for whom Turkey could become the breadbasket of Europe.

“During this period (of cooling), ice will descend to the middle of Europe, even lower. In northern Europe it will not be possible to practice agriculture; our productivity (in Turkey) will also decrease: instead of 10 kilos we will produce only 3 or 4. But we will have agricultural production (sufficient). Our agricultural products will increase their value (on the international market)”, says this Turkish expert.

“The world will knock on Turkey’s doors for food”

Yaşar recalls that in 2008 there was a 30% drop in rainfall, adding: “Our last major drought was in 2008. When the rains subsided, our agricultural production suddenly dropped by 7%. The price of wheat quadrupled. Just like now everyone wants Chinese vaccines (for the pandemic), the world will knock on our doors asking us for food during the cooling down”.

“In the Aegean (western Turkey) we have the most fertile lands in the world. What we need to face the climate cooling is to plan a smart agricultural policy”, he emphasizes. “We have to use the water very carefully. In large cities, we must separate wastewater from rainwater (to pour it back into the swamps)”, says this Turkish scientist, who concludes that the State should take control of agricultural production and adjust it to the country’s needs to face the period ahead.