Category Archives: South Korea

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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Air pollution causes 14,000 additional deaths a year in Korea: report

About 14,000 people are dying prematurely every year in South Korea as a result of air pollution, a medical professor said Monday, citing a report by the U.S.-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Cheong Hae-kwan, a professor at the … Continue reading

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South Korea to suspend eight older coal-fired power plants to tackle pollution 

South Korea will halt operations at eight of the country’s older coal-fired power plants for a month in June as part of measures to tackle air pollution, the energy ministry said on Tuesday. New President Moon Jae-in earlier this month … Continue reading

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Smog becomes a political issue in South Korean election

A rare springtime election will send South Koreans to the polls early next month, but here in smog-bound Seoul they may be gasping all the way. Spring is notorious for its poor air quality here. The combination of smog and … Continue reading

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