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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 […]

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 […]

Seoul to install fine dust signal lamps in public parks

Seoul to install fine dust signal lamps in public parks

The government of Seoul said Thursday it will install signal lights to display levels of fine dust air pollution at all riverside parks in the capital to caution citizens against health hazards. A total of 12 fine dust signal lamps will be installed at major entrances to all of the 11 public parks in Seoul […]

S. Korea: Moon notes need for extra budget to battle fine dust, natural disasters

S. Korea: Moon notes need for extra budget to battle fine dust, natural disasters

President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday highlighted the need for an extra budget to address growing issues of fine dust air pollution and public safety. Following a report from the finance minister, the president told the government to swiftly push for a supplementary budget so necessary funds can reach where they are needed in time, his […]

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 […]

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 […]

President Moon calls for joint action with China to reduce fine dust

President Moon calls for joint action with China to reduce fine dust

South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered his government Wednesday to work together with China to fight fine dust pollution, his office Cheong Wa Dae said.   South Korea has suffered from the worst particulate matter pollution this week with a large portion of the fine dust believed to be blown from China. The president told […]

POSCO to spend 1.1 tln won on fine dust reduction

POSCO to spend 1.1 tln won on fine dust reduction

POSCO, South Korea’s leading steelmaker, said Tuesday that it plans to spend some 1.1 trillion won (US$984 million) by 2021 to sharply reduce fine dust. Under the plan, some 700 billion won will be spent to remodel or newly build its 21 power-generating facilities for a sharp reduction of fine dust and other environmentally harmful […]

Fine dust ups risk of lung cancer by 20%

Fine dust ups risk of lung cancer by 20%

Airborne fine dust can greatly increase the chance of developing lung cancer, according to a South Korean medical team. The team analyzed the correlation between fine dust and the development of respiratory diseases and concluded that long-term exposure increases the risk of lung cancer by up to 20 percent. It also increases the chance of developing asthma […]

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