Istanbulites watch on as an oil tanker crosses the Bosphorus. Opponents of the Kanal Istanbul project claim its environmental toll, in the pristine parts of the city, is too heavy to ignore and has not been studied properly. Photo: Hélène Franchineau

Erdogan’s Kanal Istanbul may save ships from crashing but critics say it’s ‘a real estate project’ and environmental hazard

While it will alleviate traffic in the Bosphorus, the canal will effectively trap 8 million people on a new artificial island in a city notoriously prone to earthquakes

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Istanbulites watch on as an oil tanker crosses the Bosphorus. Opponents of the Kanal Istanbul project claim its environmental toll, in the pristine parts of the city, is too heavy to ignore and has not been studied properly. Photo: Hélène Franchineau
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