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Single-person Households Generate More Single-use Trash

Single-person Households Generate More Single-use Trash

SEOUL, Sept. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – Seoul’s single-person households throw away about 30 pieces of disposable items per day on average, more than twice as much as the average multi-person household. According to a survey conducted by the Seoul Digital Foundation, the quantity of disposable packaging materials such as styrofoam thrown away by single-person households [...]

Researchers Develop Simple Way to Remove Radioactive Pollutants

Researchers Develop Simple Way to Remove Radioactive Pollutants

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean research team has developed new technology that can decontaminate the surface of radioactive polluted buildings simply by spraying a hydrogel-based spray coater and washing it with water. The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute announced on Wednesday that it had developed a hydrogel-based surface decontamination coater that [...]

S. Korea’s Carbon Dioxide Level Rose Above Global Average in 2019

S. Korea’s Carbon Dioxide Level Rose Above Global Average in 2019

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s carbon dioxide concentration rate exceeded the global average last year, a report showed Thursday, raising concerns over climate change. The annual carbon dioxide concentration rate in South Korea averaged 417.9 parts per million (ppm) last year, compared with the global average of 409.8 ppm, according to the [...]

Scientists Develop Cosmetic Cushion Made of CO2

Scientists Develop Cosmetic Cushion Made of CO2

DAEJEON, Sept. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean researchers have developed a cosmetic cushion using carbon dioxide (CO2). The Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) announced on Monday that it had developed a polyurethane cosmetic cushion and a heat-insulating building material using CO2, in collaboration with two local companies, Pusan National University and Inje [...]

Use of Disposable Products Increases Due to Stronger Social Distancing Measures

Use of Disposable Products Increases Due to Stronger Social Distancing Measures

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Following a strict imposition of social distancing as the coronavirus sweeps across South Korea, people are throwing away increased amounts of plastic waste. The Ministry of Environment temporarily approved the use of disposable materials at restaurants, cafes, and fast food chains in airports and train stations in February to [...]

Majority of S. Koreans Feel Significance of Climate Change Following Coronavirus and Torrential Rains

Majority of S. Koreans Feel Significance of Climate Change Following Coronavirus and Torrential Rains

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — More South Koreans have realized the significance of climate change following the coronavirus outbreak and a record-breaking summer monsoon season, a local civic group said Thursday. Green Korea United conducted a survey of 1,500 South Koreans between the ages of 14 and 69, 95.8 percent of whom realized the [...]

S. Korea’s CO2 Standards for Residential Buildings Get U.N. Approval

S. Korea’s CO2 Standards for Residential Buildings Get U.N. Approval

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea said Tuesday it has received approval from the U.N. climate change body for its calculation standards of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for residential buildings. On Aug. 11, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) approved the CO2 emissions standards for residential buildings in South Korea [...]

GCF Approves US$5 Million to Help Fund KOICA’s Solar Power Plant Project in Fiji

GCF Approves US$5 Million to Help Fund KOICA’s Solar Power Plant Project in Fiji

SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s overseas aid agency said Saturday that the Green Climate Fund (GCF), an international institution on fighting climate change, has approved US$5 million to help bankroll its solar power plant project for the Pacific island country of Fiji. The GCF, headquartered in Songdo of Incheon, west of Seoul, [...]

Public Sector Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Over 20 pct in 2019

Public Sector Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Over 20 pct in 2019

SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s public sector reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 percent last year from its target volume, the Ministry of Environment said Saturday. According to the ministry, annual greenhouse gas emissions by 782 government and state-funded institutions amounted to 3.98 million tons of CO2 equivalent in [...]