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Seoul, Adjacent Metropolitan Areas Launch Preliminary Measures to Reduce Fine Dust

Seoul, Adjacent Metropolitan Areas Launch Preliminary Measures to Reduce Fine Dust

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul and its adjacent metropolitan areas kicked off preliminary measures to reduce fine dust air pollution on Monday, the first such steps taken this autumn. A set of preliminary measures are being taken in the public sector to cut fine dust in a proactive manner when there is a [...]

Gov’t Announces New Manual for Fine Dust Pollution

Gov’t Announces New Manual for Fine Dust Pollution

SEOUL, Oct. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — If ultrafine dust pollution reaches severe levels, a temporary holiday will be declared and an alternate no-driving day system will be enforced for private vehicles under the government’s new contingency plan, the Ministry of Environment said Tuesday. The ministry announced its new fine dust crisis management manual calling for [...]

Seoul Wins C40 Cities Awards for Renewable Energy Project

Seoul Wins C40 Cities Awards for Renewable Energy Project

SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul metropolitan government has won an international award for its renewable energy project as a measure to address climate change, city officials said Friday. The city’s effort to expand facilities for solar power generation, known as “Solar City Seoul,” was chosen as a category winner for Renewable Energy [...]

About 2,200 Shipwrecks Abandoned in S. Korean Waters

About 2,200 Shipwrecks Abandoned in S. Korean Waters

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — About 2,200 shipwrecks remain abandoned in South Korean waters, posing a potential environmental threat, a ruling party lawmaker insisted Friday. Rep. Seo Sam-seok of the Democratic Party, citing data released by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries for a parliamentary inspection, said the number of abandoned shipwrecks nationwide now [...]

Japanese Report Confirms Hazardous Radioactive Materials Contained in Contaminated Fukushima Water

Japanese Report Confirms Hazardous Radioactive Materials Contained in Contaminated Fukushima Water

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — As Japan seeks to release contaminated water from its disabled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean, South Korean media revealed that the tainted water contains hazardous radioactive materials. KBS News reported on Thursday that a report submitted by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to the Japanese [...]

30 pct of Eco-friendly Vehicles are Second Cars: Lawmaker

30 pct of Eco-friendly Vehicles are Second Cars: Lawmaker

SEJONG, Oct. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — The government offers subsidies when citizens decide to buy eco-friendly vehicles. However, 3 out of every 10 government-supported vehicles are second cars. In an annual parliamentary audit conducted by the Ministry of Environment Wednesday, Rep. Jeon Hyun-hee of the ruling Democratic Party said that the public tends to have [...]

Green Initiatives Prioritize Environment over Consumer Convenience

Green Initiatives Prioritize Environment over Consumer Convenience

SEOUL, Oct. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — A series of criticisms has been raised that what the government or private companies pushed for with the aim of protecting the environment ignored consumer convenience and reality. Recently, a Starbucks customer shared on social media the inconvenience felt while eating pudding purchased at one of the coffee giant’s [...]

Committee Proposes Measures to Cut Fine Dust by 20 pct

Committee Proposes Measures to Cut Fine Dust by 20 pct

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — A presidential committee on Monday suggested measures to reduce South Korea’s fine dust by up to 20 percent later this year amid growing concerns over an environmental issue that has social and diplomatic ramifications. The measures, encompassing seven areas such as industry, health and international cooperation, are expected to [...]