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Builders lure homeseekers with built-in air purifiers amid fine dust woes

Builders lure homeseekers with built-in air purifiers amid fine dust woes

Various and viable tools are available for citizens here to respond to the ever-growing air pollution, and newlyweds Park Young-eun and Yeo Ryong-koo are also on the lookout for solutions to keep their home safe from fine dust. Recently, the couple who are considering buying a new apartment in Incheon, just west of Seoul, is […]

Seoul seeks to launch int’l organ to tackle fine dust pollution

Seoul seeks to launch int’l organ to tackle fine dust pollution

The Seoul city government on Tuesday announced a plan to launch an international organization to tackle serious fine dust issues by expanding the functions of an existing anti-air pollution body among East Asian cities. “We plan to expand the number of the members of the East Asia Clean Air Cities (EACAC) and its functions in […]

Mobile weather apps gain popularity amid fine dust concerns

Mobile weather apps gain popularity amid fine dust concerns

Mobile applications providing weather information are gaining huge popularity in South Korea as more people seek to monitor the fine dust air pollution that often blankets the country, industry data showed Thursday. The number of downloads of weather mobile apps at Google Play jumped to 2.8 million in the country during the first quarter of […]

Primary metal industries emit air pollution-causing fine particles most: gov’t data

Primary metal industries emit air pollution-causing fine particles most: gov’t data

Primary metal industries, including steel manufacturing and cement, were the largest source of air pollution-causing fine particles among industries as of 2015, government data showed Thursday. The data, submitted by the environment ministry to ruling party lawmaker Shin Chang-hyun, said the industries topped the list of fine particle sources by emitting 62,000 tons of the […]

Environment ministry’s extra budget to tackle major emitters of fine dust

Environment ministry’s extra budget to tackle major emitters of fine dust

The supplementary budget to be used by the Ministry of Environment this year in its fight against fine dust pollution will be equivalent to removing 3.7 million diesel cars from the roads for one year, officials said Wednesday. The government proposed a 6.7 trillion won (US$5.8 billion) extra budget on the day to cope with […]

PM2.5 air pollutant reaches record high in March

PM2.5 air pollutant reaches record high in March

The average concentration of PM2.5 harmful particles in the air reached the highest level in Seoul last month since it began to be observed in 2015, according to data released Monday by a state-run think tank. The National Institute of Environmental Research said the average concentration of PM2.5, particles that are smaller than 2.5 microns […]

Hainan to phase out diesel, petrol vehicles

Hainan to phase out diesel, petrol vehicles

Hainan province in southern China will phase out sales of diesel and petrol vehicles as the province’s new regulations on air pollution come into effect on March 1, becoming the first Chinese province to do so. The province has also stepped up its efforts in promoting new-energy vehicles. The provincial government organs and public service […]

S. Korea: Parliament passes bills to fight fine dust

S. Korea: Parliament passes bills to fight fine dust

South Korea’s parliament passed eight bills intended to better fight fine dust Wednesday as the country is struggling with its worst-ever particle air pollution. The legislation includes a revision to the disaster and safety management law to include a high density of particulate matter as a “social disaster.” Such a designation allows the government to […]

Seoul seeks to widen cooperation with Beijing to fight fine dust pollution

Seoul seeks to widen cooperation with Beijing to fight fine dust pollution

South Korea’s government said Thursday it will push to team up with China to take emergency measures on reducing fine dust. Environment Minister Cho Myung-rae, announcing the government’s special measures to fight fine dust pollution, said Seoul will ask Beijing to conduct a joint artificial rain experiment over the sea between the two countries this […]

Gov’t to limit operation of coal power plants to curb fine dust pollution

Gov’t to limit operation of coal power plants to curb fine dust pollution

South Korea’s industry ministry said Wednesday it will regulate the operation of coal power plants to reduce emissions of fine dust as the country faced its worst level of pollution in recent days.   The Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy said it will move to have 60 coal power plants scale down their operations […]

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