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Renewables, nuclear must triple to save climate, UN says

The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said. Investments needed to keep climate change within safe limits would shave a frac...

Updated : 2014.04.13 20:00

US plans first cabinet visit to Taiwan in 14 years

The top US environmental official will visit Taiwan in the first trip by a cabinet-level leader from Washington to the Chinese-claimed island in 14 years, officials aid Saturday.Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will travel to Taiwan and Vietnam from ...

Updated : 2014.04.13 13:55

Seoul, Beijing join hands to tackle fine dust

Seoul City signed an agreement with Beijing Thursday to make joint efforts in tackling air pollution, including hazardous ultrafine dust that has been increasingly affecting Northeast Asia.The agreement, signed between Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and his counterpart Wang Anshun during Park's...

Updated : 2014.04.03 15:49

[Weekender] Chic, handy and green

Sacrificing style, convenience and utility for the sake of the Earth? That may not be necessary. Here comes a new breed of eco-friendly products that are functional, stylish and environmentally sound,...

Updated : 2014.02.28 21:00

[Weekender] Consumers to drive green market

Consumer pressure will mean that designers who incorporate green ideas into the way products are conceived, produced and consumed will prevail in future, according to Kim Dae-ho, author of bestsellers...

Updated : 2014.02.28 20:38

[Weekender] Sustainable design gaining traction

The concept of eco-design, adding environmental value to design or vice versa, is taking root in Korea as people open their eyes to the importance of the environment and eschew instant gratification when it involves products that pollute.Recognizing the huge economic potential of eco-desig...

Updated : 2014.02.28 20:36

Seoul issues ultrafine dust advisory

The Seoul municipal government issued an ultrafine dust advisory Monday, urging people to stay indoors. The measure was taken at around noon, after Seoul’s atmospheric concentration levels of “particulate matter-2.5” pollutants recorded 92 micrograms per cubic meter.The city government ...

Updated : 2014.02.24 19:57

Kerry in Indonesia with climate change high on agenda

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a three-day trip to Jakarta Saturday where he plans to focus on climate change.The Indonesian capital is the last stop in his three-country Asia tour. He traveled to Seoul and Beijing.On Sunday, he is scheduled to deliver a speech on climate change ...

Updated : 2014.02.16 09:47

S. Korea completes construction of 2nd research base in Antarctica

South Korea on Tuesday said it has completed the construction of its second research base in the Antarctic, becoming the 10th country to have more than one research station in the frozen continent.The completion of the Jang Bo-go Antarctic Research Station will be marked Wednesday in a cer...

Updated : 2014.02.11 10:17

Quarantine stops over 4,000 pest-infested plants in 2013

South Korea's inspection and quarantine of imported plants successfully prevented the inflow of over 4,000 shipments of pest-infested plants last year, the government said Tuesday.In 2013, the country inspected some 3.5 million samples of imported plants to discover 7,506 of them were infe...

Updated : 2014.02.11 10:13

Gov't to launch nationwide forecasts of fine dust levels

The environment ministry said Wednesday it will begin nationwide forecasts of fine dust levels this week as part of efforts to cope with the continued inflow of harmful particles from China.The forecasting service, which has been tested in Seoul and its adjacent areas since August, aims to...

Updated : 2014.02.05 16:07

S. Korea reports new suspected cases of bird flu

Two new suspected bird flu cases have been reported this week, the government said Monday, as quarantine authorities stay on watch for any new signs after heavy traffic of people during the Lunar New Year holiday.The additional cases were reported Sunday at a duck farm in Eumseong, North C...

Updated : 2014.02.03 13:24

Korea boosts quarantine efforts as AI spreads

South Korea’s agriculture minister called for all-out efforts to prevent further outbreaks of avian influenza Tuesday, following a series of new suspected cases in areas close to the capital.“The government has so far put its utmost efforts into preventing the spread of AI and eradicatin...

Updated : 2014.01.28 19:58

Korea aims for 30% cut in carbon emissions by 2020

The Korean government aims to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from projected levels by 2020 to hold back global warming, the Ministry of Environment said Tuesday.The plan is ...

Updated : 2014.01.28 19:55

S. Korea beefs up quarantine efforts amid wider spread of bird flu

South Korea continued quarantine efforts Tuesday as avian influenza was showing signs of spreading wider.As of Tuesday morning, the virulent H5N8 strain of bird flu has been identified at 25 poultry farms, up from 17 farms the previous year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food a...

Updated : 2014.01.28 11:33