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Gov’t Calls for Measures to Reduce Bird Deaths from Glass Collisions

Gov’t Calls for Measures to Reduce Bird Deaths from Glass Collisions

SEOUL, Mar. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Environment on Wednesday called for nationwide efforts to reduce bird deaths from glass collisions, estimating that about 8 million birds are killed in South Korea annually by colliding with transparent windows. The ministry said it will join hands with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport [...]

Seoul City to Intervene in Redevelopment Projects to Promote Quality Design

Seoul City to Intervene in Redevelopment Projects to Promote Quality Design

SEOUL, Mar. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul’s city government plans to intervene in redevelopment and reconstruction projects led by the private sector. Deputy Mayor Jin Hee-sun of the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Urban Regeneration Headquarters announced the city’s comprehensive plan for urban and construction innovation on Tuesday. The plan involves the city providing guidelines on the [...]

Eco-friendly Boilers to Become Mandatory at all Residences to Tackle Fine Dust

Eco-friendly Boilers to Become Mandatory at all Residences to Tackle Fine Dust

SEOUL, Mar. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Installing eco-friendly hot water boilers will become mandatory for all residences as South Korea seeks to reduce airborne fine dust. The South Korean Ministry of Environment said on Tuesday that a subcommittee at the National Assembly held a meeting to discuss the mandatory installation of eco-friendly boilers. It is [...]

Parliament Passes Bill on Designating Fine Dust as Social Disaster

Parliament Passes Bill on Designating Fine Dust as Social Disaster

SEOUL, Mar. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — 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 high density of particulate matter as a “social disaster.” Such a [...]

Mayor Unveils Plan to Transform Seoul into ‘Smart’ City

Mayor Unveils Plan to Transform Seoul into ‘Smart’ City

SEOUL, Mar. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Wednesday it will install 50,000 Internet of Things (IoT) smart sensors throughout the capital city by 2022 to collect information on fine dust, traffic and other things related to citizens’ lives. The Seoul government will also introduce chatbots to its 120 Dasan Call Center [...]

Police Consider Restricting Elderly Driving at Night, on Expressways

Police Consider Restricting Elderly Driving at Night, on Expressways

SEOUL, Mar. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Police said they are considering restricting elderly people’s driving at night and on expressways as part of measures to improve the nation’s traffic safety. The National Police Agency (NPA) said Tuesday that it will map out comprehensive measures including law revisions by year’s end to cope with a growing [...]

Gov’t to Ban Radioactive Material in Consumer Products

Gov’t to Ban Radioactive Material in Consumer Products

SEOUL, Mar. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will ban using radioactive materials in consumer goods this year following public concerns over radon gas emitted from various products, the government said Tuesday. The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said the government finalized this year’s policy aimed at preventing a recurrence of radon contamination concerns, including [...]

AI System Predicts High-demand Locations for Seoul Taxis

AI System Predicts High-demand Locations for Seoul Taxis

SEOUL, Mar. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Artificial intelligence (AI) technology will be introduced to conduct a real-time estimation of the locations with the highest demands for cabs in Seoul. Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that an AI taxi system test driven last November on 380 taxis showed 97.2 percent accuracy in predicting locations with high demand [...]

S. Korea to Welcome 2,597 Foreign Seasonal Workers to Help with Farming

S. Korea to Welcome 2,597 Foreign Seasonal Workers to Help with Farming

SEOUL, Mar. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean Ministry of Justice said on Sunday that it will be providing 2,597 foreign seasonal workers to 41 local authorities across the nation. Foreign seasonal workers, holders of C-4 short-term working visas, will be coming to South Korea to work at designated farms for a maximum duration [...]