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Chollian-2B Satellite Eyes Greater Role for Global Air Pollution Monitoring System

Chollian-2B Satellite Eyes Greater Role for Global Air Pollution Monitoring System

SEOUL, Jan. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s soon-to-be-launched geostationary satellite, the Chollian-2B, will set the stage for a worldwide air pollution monitoring system that can help countries better deal with environmental challenges, a state-run research institute said Friday. The first ever geostationary environmental monitoring satellite was unveiled last month and is set to be [...]

S. Korea Unveils World’s First Geostationary Air Pollution Monitoring Satellite

S. Korea Unveils World’s First Geostationary Air Pollution Monitoring Satellite

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea on Thursday unveiled the world’s first geostationary environmental monitoring satellite that can closely check the movement of fine dust and other air pollutants in the East Asian region in real time. The 3.4-ton Chollian-2B, scheduled to be sent into orbit from French Guiana in February 2020, will [...]

Majority of S. Koreans Would Pay More for Electricity to Limit Air Pollution

Majority of S. Koreans Would Pay More for Electricity to Limit Air Pollution

SEOUL, Nov. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – More than half of South Koreans are in favor of suspending the operation of coal-fired power plants in order to reduce fine dust emissions, even if electricity prices go up. According to the presidential National Council on Climate and Air Quality and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s online survey [...]

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 [...]

9 in 10 Seoulites Support Seasonal Fine Dust Program

9 in 10 Seoulites Support Seasonal Fine Dust Program

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – Nine in ten Seoulites support a seasonal fine dust restriction program, according to a recent study. The Seoul Metropolitan Government conducted an online survey of 1,000 citizens, 90.4 percent of whom said that a seasonal fine dust restriction program should be implemented. The program focuses on tackling fine dust [...]

Exposure to Air Pollution Increases the Risk of Infant Mortality

Exposure to Air Pollution Increases the Risk of Infant Mortality

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Research suggests that air pollutants including fine dust increase the risk of sudden death infant death syndrome (SIDS) for young infants. An analysis of 454 children who died of SIDS in South Korea between 2009 and 2013 found a link in which exposure to air pollution raised the risk [...]