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Gov’t Not Planning to Raise Diesel Prices to Combat Fine Dust: Finance Ministry

Gov’t Not Planning to Raise Diesel Prices to Combat Fine Dust: Finance Ministry

SEJONG, Jun. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has no plan to raise diesel prices in the near future as it tries to reduce fine dust levels in the air, the finance ministry said Monday. “We’ve considered many scenarios related to tax rate hikes for diesel, but all have been found to be [...]

Air Pollution Causes 14,000 Additional Deaths a Year in South Korea

Air Pollution Causes 14,000 Additional Deaths a Year in South Korea

SEOUL, June 12 (Korea Bizwire) – About 14,000 people are dying prematurely every year in South Korea as a result of air pollution, a medical professor said Monday, citing a report by the U.S.-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Cheong Hae-kwan, a professor at the Medical College of Seoul’s Sungkyunkwan University, said during [...]

Seoul to Provide Free Public Transport during Heavy Fine Dust

Seoul to Provide Free Public Transport during Heavy Fine Dust

SEOUL, June 1 (Korea Bizwire) – Seoul will provide free public transportation during commuting hours when the fine dust level goes beyond certain levels starting next month, as part of its efforts to curb air pollution.  The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Thursday the rush-hour fare exemptions for bus and subway passengers will be introduced to [...]

North Gyeongsang Province Resorts to Bicycles in Fight Against Fine Dust

North Gyeongsang Province Resorts to Bicycles in Fight Against Fine Dust

GYEONGSANG PROVINCE, SOUTH KOREA, 25 (Korea Bizwire) – Local governments and councils in North Gyeongsang Province are becoming increasingly bicycle-friendly to encourage more people to make use of the environmentally-friendly mode of transport, as part of their efforts to reduce fine dust emissions. Part of the initiative comes in the form of free bike rental service, [...]

Government to Regulate Oxygen Canisters Amid Burgeoning Sales

Government to Regulate Oxygen Canisters Amid Burgeoning Sales

SEOUL, May 23 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government has decided to regulate the sale of portable oxygen canisters, which have become increasingly popular amid fine dust fears that have been gripping the peninsula.  According to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety on Monday, a revision designating portable oxygen cans as “quasi-drugs” will [...]

New Technology Drastically Reduces Fine Dust Emissions from Thermal Power Plants

New Technology Drastically Reduces Fine Dust Emissions from Thermal Power Plants

SEOUL, May 17 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials announced Tuesday that it has developed a technology to reduce fine dust emissions at thermal power stations by roughly 90 percent.  The institute recently installed catalytic denitrification equipment – typically employed at power plants to reduce pollutants by converting nitrogen oxide into [...]