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Korea eyes 37% emissions cut

South Korea vowed Tuesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent from the estimated business-as-usual level by 2030, raising the aim from previous proposals, but still facing opposition from the involved sectors with lingering criticism that the target is insufficient. The Environme...

Updated : 2015.06.30 18:16

S. Korea offers to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 37 pct by 2030

South Korea offered to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent by 2030, officials said Tuesday, an ambitious commitment ahead of a crucial global climate conference.  The contribution means that South Korea's overall emissions will stand at 535 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalen...

Updated : 2015.06.30 15:03

S. Korea to begin preparation for disposal of spent nuclar fuel

South Korea will soon begin preparation for permanent disposal of spent nuclear fuel, the government said Monday, a move that will include what will likely be an arduous process of selecting where the highly radioactive materials will be buried.  The move comes as the Public Engagement C...

Updated : 2015.06.29 09:29

Businesses urge gov't to cut greenhouse gas emission goal

South Korean businesses urged the government Tuesday to lower its reduction target of greenhouse gas emissions, saying the current goal will weaken their competitiveness.The government is in the process of finalizing its long-term commitments to climate change that will require Seoul to re...

Updated : 2015.06.16 13:53

Energy panel urges shutdown of S. Korea's oldest nuclear reactor

The government recommended Friday the state nuclear power operator permanently shut down the nation's oldest reactor when its operational license expires two years later, apparently caving in to strong opposition from residents and environmental groups over its safety.  The Ministry of T...

Updated : 2015.06.12 15:41

Korea waters down emissions cut plan

South Korea on Thursday unveiled four different targets for an emissions reduction by 2030, which critics say would backtrack from its previous commitments. The Ministry of Environment said it would choose one from among the four options before the country submits it to the United Nations ...

Updated : 2015.06.11 22:11

S. Korea urged to pick site for disposal of spent nuclear fuel by 2020

South Korea should start preparing for permanent disposal of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel by picking the site for a proving ground and interim storage by at least 2020, a public debate commission said Thursday.  The Public Engagement Commission on Spent Nuclear Fuel Management a...

Updated : 2015.06.11 14:45

S. Korea to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 14 pct by 2030

South Korea plans to soon finalize its long-term commitments to climate change that will require Seoul to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 14 percent from its business-as-usual level by 2030, the government said Thursday.  The government plans to set the country's final reduction...

Updated : 2015.06.11 10:14

Most elementary school students deem environment pollution serious

Nine out of 10 elementary school students think that environment pollution is serious, a survey showed Tuesday. An at-home learning program provider “i-Scream Home-Learn” conducted a survey on 22,059 elementary school students on their perception toward the value of the environment.Of t...

Updated : 2015.06.02 14:15

S. Korea urges China to curb illegal fishing in Yellow Sea

South Korea urged China Thursday to take "strong and effective" measures against its fishing ships illegally operating near the inter-Korean sea border.  Often appearing in the crab-rich waters around the Yellow Sea border between the two Koreas, Chinese fishing vessels are a constant pr...

Updated : 2015.05.21 16:41

Biz lobby urges gov't to ease greenhouse gas emission goal

A major business lobby in South Korea called on the government Wednesday to lower its reduction target for greenhouse gas emissions, saying that it is "impossible" to achieve.The government earlier proposed cutting greenhouse gas emission by 30 percent from business-as-usual levels by 2020...

Updated : 2015.05.13 11:05

Environment ministers of S. Korea, China, Japan set for talks

Environment ministers of South Korea, China and Japan were set to hold three-way talks here later this week to jointly address sand storms, smog, maritime pollution and other environmental issues, Sou...

Updated : 2015.04.29 10:58

Environmental ministers of S. Korea, China, Japan to hold talks

Environmental ministers of South Korea, China and Japan will hold three-way talks later this week to tackle yellow dust, smog and maritime pollution, a South Korean diplomat said Monday.   South Korean Environment Minister Yoon Seong-kyu and his Chinese and Japanese counterparts, Chen Ji...

Updated : 2015.04.27 10:24

S. Korea opens way for spent fuel recycling

South Korea Wednesday struck a deal with the United States for the start of full-fledged research into a new technique for spent nuclear fuel recycling that could greatly reduce concerns over storage shortage.Seoul also opened the way to produce low-enriched uranium, a boost to its pursuit...

Updated : 2015.04.23 09:20

S. Korea to spend big on clean, renewable energy sector

South Korea will invest over 1.8 trillion won ($1.66 billion) this year to help boost the clean and renewable energy sector with the related market expected to be worth some 4.6 trillion won by 2017, the government said Wednesday.Under the new measures, approved at an economic ministers' m...

Updated : 2015.04.22 10:20