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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 [...]

Presidential Council Argues That Public Opinion Incorrectly Blames China for Air Pollution

Presidential Council Argues That Public Opinion Incorrectly Blames China for Air Pollution

SEOUL, Jun. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Council on Climate and Air Quality, South Korea’s pan-national body on fine dust air pollution, released a statement claiming that public opinion relies too much on criticizing China based on incorrect information related to air pollution and fine particulate matter. “South Korean citizens are finding it difficult [...]

Seoul Seeks to Launch Int’l Organ to Tackle Fine Dust Pollution

Seoul Seeks to Launch Int’l Organ to Tackle Fine Dust Pollution

SEOUL, Jun. 4 (Korea Bizwire) – The Seoul city government on Tuesday announced a plan to launch an international organization to tackle serious fine dust issues by expanding the functions of an existing anti-air pollution body among East Asian cities. “We plan to expand the number of the members of the East Asia Clean Air [...]

45 pct of S. Korean Children Have Experienced Health Issues Caused by Air Pollution

45 pct of S. Korean Children Have Experienced Health Issues Caused by Air Pollution

SEOUL, May 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly 1 in 2 children in South Korea have experienced health issues caused by fine dust, and 3 out of 10 have missed official outdoor events, such as going to school or going on school trips, when fine dust levels were severely high. The Korea Institute for Health and [...]

Primary Metal Industries Emit Air Pollution-causing Fine Particles Most: Gov’t Data

Primary Metal Industries Emit Air Pollution-causing Fine Particles Most: Gov’t Data

SEOUL, Apr. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Primary metal industries, including steel manufacturing and cement, were the largest source of air pollution-causing fine particles among industries as of 2015, government data showed Thursday. The data, submitted by the environment ministry to ruling party lawmaker Shin Chang-hyun, said the industries topped the list of fine particle sources [...]

Air Pollution Triggers Drop in Spending, Increase in Use of Dry Cleaners

Air Pollution Triggers Drop in Spending, Increase in Use of Dry Cleaners

SEOUL, Apr. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — On days when there is a lot of news about fine dust, card payments at resorts and condominiums typically decrease by more than 30 percent, according to a recent study. Hana Institute of Finance, a research unit of Hana Financial Group Inc., published a report on Wednesday titled “Changes [...]