INDUSTRY NATURE AND HUMAN BEINGS IN THE CITY THE EXAMPLE OF DILOVASI
Conferences Date07 Oct 2017 15:00 - 15 Oct 2017 23:59
CreatorProf. Dr. Onur Hamzaoğlu
Prof. Dr. Onur Hamzaoğlu is a public health expert who came into the limelight due to his shocking findings on the adverse effects of industrial pollution on public health in Turkey. His research revealed that samples of mothers' milk and baby poo collected in the town of Dilovası, a somewhat unregulated industrial zone near Istanbul, contained heavy metals. Measurements showed that air pollution in the region was up to 6 times higher than the acceptable limit set by the WHO. As a consequence, the locals were up to 7.3 times more likely to get cancer than normal as of 2014. Furthermore, newborn babies in the region were up to 7 times more likely to have genetic disorders than normal. When he made these findings public, Prof. Hamzaoğlu faced immense pressure from both the political apparatus and the academia in Turkey. In addition to being a whistleblower, Prof. Hamzaoğlu is also an "academic for peace" and was one of the victims of the purge that is sweeping across Turkish academia. He was sacked last year from his post as chair of the Public Health Department at Kocaeli University by a state of emergency decree.