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Special Law Takes Effect Friday to Tackle Fine Dust Pollution

Special Law Takes Effect Friday to Tackle Fine Dust Pollution

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — A special law on fighting fine dust pollution will take effect in South Korea on Friday, establishing the legal grounds for local governments to impose mandatory restrictions on coal power plants and other heavy emitters of dust particles, the Ministry of Environment said Thursday. The Special Act on Particulate [...]

Fine Particulate Matter and Warm Weather Contribute to Mental Illness

Fine Particulate Matter and Warm Weather Contribute to Mental Illness

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — While the harmful effects of fine dust on the human body are being revealed, one analysis shows that fine particulate matter increases emergency hospitalization for mental illness. The connection between fine dust and mental illness is more pronounced when the weather is warmer than when it is cold, thus [...]

S. Korea Discovers Bacteria Capable of Biodegrading Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals

S. Korea Discovers Bacteria Capable of Biodegrading Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean biologists have discovered bacteria with outstanding capabilities to biodegrade endocrine-disrupting chemicals known to obstruct the excretion of hormones in the human body. The Nakdonggang National Institute of Biological Resources announced on Monday that it has discovered bacteria that can biodegrade phthalate, an endocrine disruptor. Newly named as [...]

Seoul City Gov’t Launches Tree-planting Contest to Combat Fine Dust

Seoul City Gov’t Launches Tree-planting Contest to Combat Fine Dust

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced on Thursday that it will hold a public contest to find suitable locations to plant trees that will absorb fine dust until the end of February. There is no restriction to where the trees can be placed, as long as they are properly planted. [...]

Korea Forest Services Extends Consultation Program

Korea Forest Services Extends Consultation Program

DAEJEON, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — According to the Korea Forest Service on Thursday, a consultation service to prevent forest disease and insect pests featuring retired public officials will continue this year. The consultation was introduced in 2017 to utilize exemplary retired government employees with expertise and experience as human assets of the nation. This [...]

Water Quality Shows Marked Improvement After Opening of Weirs

Water Quality Shows Marked Improvement After Opening of Weirs

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Four major rivers in South Korea have shown marked improvement in water quality and ecosystems after the opening of some weirs built across the rivers under a controversial project of former President Lee Myung-bak, the government said Friday. The Lee administration spent 22 trillion won (US$20 billion) from 2008-2012 [...]

External Sources Account for 75 pct of S. Korea’s Fine Dust Pollution

External Sources Account for 75 pct of S. Korea’s Fine Dust Pollution

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — External sources accounted for 75 percent of South Korea’s ultrafine dust air pollution in January, a state-run environment agency said Wednesday. South Korea saw a drastic rise in the average level of ultrafine dust particles, those smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, in between Jan. 11 and 15. According [...]

Nuclear Plant Utilization Rate Falls to 37-year Low in 2018

Nuclear Plant Utilization Rate Falls to 37-year Low in 2018

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s nuclear power utilization rate fell to a 37-year low in 2018 amid efforts to reduce the country’s dependence on the energy source, official data showed Wednesday. Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP), the public company charged with operating atomic energy production, said use of fission power [...]