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"1 in 6 dies early from fine dust"?!?!
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nicwr2002



Joined: 17 Aug 2011

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weigookin74 wrote:
World Traveler wrote:
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/04/116_174608.html

Greenpeace said that among all sources of air pollution, the nation's 53 coal power plants should be identified for action

"But the government plans to build 13 more coal plants by 2021, while 11 are under construction," Greenpeace said. "We wonder why the government remains passive in developing renewable energy sources."

Greenpeace states that Korea relies on coal plants for 39 percent of its energy production and is the fourth biggest coal importer in the world.


Why are they not building more nuclear plants? Even with Fukushima, it did survive the earthquake. Their only mistake was not building a seawall hgih enough to keep out the flood. Otherwise it would have perfectly safe. As for Chernoble, the Soviet Union was corrupt and safety procedures were ignored. Modern building standards, safety standards followed make it much safer and much less polluting than other forms of energy. (I do believe many environmentalists have come around on the question of nuclear energy.)


Now, the president wants to build more coal burning power plants...Go figure that one. They keep saying that the pollution comes from China, but most of it is home grown right here in Korea.
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Harpeau



Joined: 01 Feb 2003
Location: In Hannam-dong, Seoul.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of the air pollution was much worse back in 1997. The last few years have also been pretty bad due to the lack of rainfall and other things. I'm surprised that there isn't more geo-thermal power plants down south.
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World Traveler



Joined: 29 May 2009

PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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South Koreans who had planned a weekend trip last week were hit by the worst air pollution of the year.

http://english.donga.com/Home/3/all/26/532880/1
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Staying outside for an hour at this level of air pollution is like breathing four hours in a room full of cigarette smoke.
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wonkavite62



Joined: 17 Dec 2007
Location: Jeollanamdo, South Korea.

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 9:24 pm    Post subject: Yes Reply with quote

I think we should certainly be concerned about this. We should also be aware that a certain amount of the pollution is a free gift to Seoul, that comes courtesy of the People's Republic of China. I have lived in China too, and I can tell you that the Chinese dust levels are lethal.
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World Traveler



Joined: 29 May 2009

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Environment Ministry’s current plan on air quality control lacks in accuracy and efficacy by overlooking a number of important factors and exaggerating numbers, the nation’s audit agency said Tuesday.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160510001020
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For the ultrafine dust sensors, 35 out of 65 devices did not work properly, raising questions over their credibility to measure the air quality.
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World Traveler



Joined: 29 May 2009

PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

creeper1 wrote:
Korea, being a developed country, usually has a low PM 2.5 level.

http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=/ST/db/read.php?idx=13085
South Korea’s air quality was ranked 173rd among 180 countries in a recent analysis
http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sc_detail.htm?No=119022
For fine particulate matter(PM2.5): 174th out of 180.
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There has been a steady increase in air pollution over the last decade and thus in human exposure to toxic air. More than 3.5 billion people — half the world’s population — breathe air deemed unsafe by World Health Organization standards. Air pollution is now responsible for 10 percent of all human deaths. The EPI shows that more than half of China and South Korea’s populations, for instance, are exposed to unsafe levels of pernicious air pollutants.
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FreshKA



Joined: 08 Apr 2011

PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can personally say that because of the poor air quality in Korea I have issues with my nose clogging up and my throat being severely irritated. I can accept it and do my best to continue on with my day but my kid also has this problem and I hate the fact that he has to deal with it. There's really not much you can do but wear a mask and stay indoors when its bad or move. I plan to move.
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nuthatch



Joined: 21 Feb 2008

PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2016 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FreshKA...I hear you...

what area do you live in?
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World Traveler



Joined: 29 May 2009

PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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With an ultra-fine dust level that's five times higher than Australia, Korea came in at second to last for its environmental quality, followed only by Israel. In air pollution, Korea ranked the worst.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2016/06/202_206443.html

I wonder if the people thought to have died from this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/world/what-in-the-world/a-uniquely-korean-household-worry.html?_r=0

really died from fine dust.
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Stain



Joined: 08 Jan 2014

PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure why, but lately my breathing has been fantastic. I don't have the issues with that like I have in years previous. Nothing has changed really, other than the fact I moved back home. But that's it. Maybe I'm just imagining it.
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World Traveler



Joined: 29 May 2009

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Koreans want to move to your country, too.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2016/12/fleeing-south-korea-161228075711093.html
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Hidalgo03



Joined: 21 Sep 2016

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stain wrote:
I'm not sure why, but lately my breathing has been fantastic. I don't have the issues with that like I have in years previous. Nothing has changed really, other than the fact I moved back home. But that's it. Maybe I'm just imagining it.


You're not.

I traveled out of Korea for more than 10 days (~6 months) for the first time in 4 years this past Spring/Summer. The change in my breathing was definitely noticeable.

Plugging this website because I currently use one of their masks and they are worth it!

http://www.cambridgemask.com/
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