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S. Korean, Chinese business leaders agree to reduce fine dust emissions

Dozens of South Korean and Chinese business leaders agreed Saturday to work together to try to reduce fine dust emissions amid growing health concerns in South Korea.Fine dust -- particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter -- is believed to pose the greatest health risks to the respira...

Updated : 2016.06.18 15:30

Korea seeks new technology to fight fine dust

South Korea will soon craft a concrete plan for the development of technology to tackle fine dust particles that have emerged as a major health threat, according to a related ministry on Thursday.The ...

Updated : 2016.06.16 13:03

Gov't to set up solar panels for schools

The South Korean government will install solar power generators at about 2,000 elementary and secondary schools nationwide in a way to help the education sector earn extra income and bolster the local renewable energy business, the trade ministry said Thursday.A special purpose firm by the...

Updated : 2016.06.16 11:25

Large number of endangered porpoises found off S. Korea's west coast

A large number of endangered porpoises has been discovered near the Taean Peninsula, a sign that the marine mammals are making a comeback off South Korea's western coast, the local park service said Monday.   According to the Korea National Park Service, some 100 Indo-Pacific finless por...

Updated : 2016.06.06 14:17

Ruling party urges gov't to bolster clean-air policy

South Korea's ruling party on Thursday urged the government to put a priority on improving the country's air quality rather than just pursuing a policy of bolstering energy efficiency."While the government has been promoting diesel automobiles for energy efficiency, it is important to note...

Updated : 2016.06.02 10:08

Diesel construction equipment also blamed for dust pollution

Diesel cars are being blamed as the main culprit of the chronic fine dust pollution in the country, but studies indicate that diesel construction equipment is also a big part of the problem, according to experts on Friday.A tally from the Ministry of Land, infrastructure and Transport show...

Updated : 2016.05.27 09:55

OECD urges Korea to raise goal for emissions reduction

South Korea is backpedaling on its green growth pledge as the current administration’s emissions reduction goal is lower than that set by the former administration, the deputy secretary-general of th...

Updated : 2016.05.26 16:58

Government policy coordination organization to lead climate change policies

South Korea's Cabinet on Tuesday approved revisions to a set of the enforcement ordinances on green growth and carbon emissions trading to have the Office for Government Policy Coordination spearhead the country's climate change policies.According to the revisions, the office under the pri...

Updated : 2016.05.17 13:04

Holiday weather not so festive

Following the unexpected rain Tuesday, powerful gusts are sweeping across Korea due to a sudden low pressure in the East Sea. The Korea Meteorological Administration issued nationwide strong wind aler...

Updated : 2016.05.04 16:33

Gov't to conduct full-scale probe into biocides

South Korea's government said Tuesday it will conduct a nationwide investigation into all biocides circulated in the country amid growing public outcry against the South Korean unit of the British consumer product firm Oxy Reckitt Benckiser.   Oxy is currently being probed by state prose...

Updated : 2016.05.03 21:23

Japan's quake could affect Korea in upcoming years: geologist

The possibility of an earthquake with a magnitude of up to 5.5 occurring on the Korean Peninsula in the next several years cannot be ruled out in the wake of Japan's latest quakes, a geologist here said, citing a pattern of seismic activity.But the presumed quake, even if realized, will ca...

Updated : 2016.04.20 15:46

Korea, NASA to partner on air pollution study

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration will send two science planes to South Korea next week to conduct an air pollution study in cooperation with the Asian country's environment research body, government officials said Tuesday.The National Institute of Environmental Resear...

Updated : 2016.04.19 16:59

Released dolphin confirmed to have given birth in wild, set new precedent

A team of South Korean researchers said Monday an Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin released into the wild is confirmed to have successfully given birth, heralding the unprecedented birth.The marine mammal, called Sampal and believed to be aged between 13 and 15, is presumed to have delivere...

Updated : 2016.04.18 17:28

Int'l study finds vast magma storage beneath Mt. Paektu

A massive magma storage region seems to exist beneath Mount Paektu along the border between North Korea and China, an international study showed.It may be related to volcanic unrest observed on the enigmatic volcano in the early 2000s, according to the results of a research project publish...

Updated : 2016.04.16 09:27

Fine dust hits capital area for 3rd day

The Seoul metropolitan area is under a fine dust advisory for the third consecutive day on Sunday.The city government issued the advisory for the city at noon as its 25 ward offices recorded an average fine dust concentration of 159 micrograms per cubic meter.The advisory is issued when th...

Updated : 2016.04.10 15:21