Category Archives: South Korea

Ulsan exposed to yearlong toxic fine dust: study

The coastal city of Ulsan, 60 kilometers north of Busan, is susceptible to toxic fine dust all-year-round due to the city’s shipbuilding industrial region, research showed Wednesday. Ulsan’s volatile organic compound emission volume is the highest among cities in Korea, … Continue reading

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Nanoparticles may be linked to early first period in Korea: study

Exposure to air pollution, particularly to nanoparticles classified as PM2.5, may cause early first periods among young girls, which is known to increase one’s risk of developing other health conditions, such as breast cancer and early menopause, a new study … Continue reading

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Seoul to ban old diesel vehicles on fine dust days

Starting next month, drivers of old, diesel-powered vehicles driven between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. in Seoul amid fine-dust alerts will be fined 100,000 won ($89), the city government said, Tuesday. Over 2.2 million vehicles registered before Dec. 31, 2005 … Continue reading

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Seoul to ban old diesels cars on air-polluted days

Old diesel cars will be banned from being driven in Seoul when heavy fine dust alerts are issued. The Seoul Metropolitan Government ordered that diesel vehicles, registered before Dec. 31, 2005, will be restricted in downtown Seoul from 6 a.m. … Continue reading

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SKorean baseball league postpones games over pollution

South Korea’s rapidly worsening air pollution has forced the country’s professional baseball league to postpone three games. The Korea Baseball Organization on Friday postponed the games in capital Seoul and the nearby cities of Suwon and Incheon after the government … Continue reading

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S. Korea to apply stricter fine dust guideline to reduce air pollution

The South Korean government will apply stricter guideline levels for health-threatening particulate matter (PM) to fight back the country’s worsening air pollution. Particulate matter, or fine dust dubbed as PM 2.5, is composed of a mixture of solid and liquid … Continue reading

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Seoul issues emergency pollution measures

The Seoul Metropolitan Government is set to waive public transportation fees during peak commute hours on Monday to mitigate the worsening air quality brought on by fine dust particles. The fee waiver is part of emergency measures that went into … Continue reading

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Korea has worst air of advanced economies, report shows

Korea has the worst air quality of any advanced country, with its fine dust level soaring over the past 17 years, according to an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report released Sunday. The report shows Korea had the … Continue reading

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