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Gov't to conduct ecological survey of four major rivers

The environment ministry said Wednesday it will conduct an ecological survey of the nation's four major rivers by 2016 to address various problems revealed last year with the previous administration's controversial project to revitalize them.  A signature project of the former President ...

Updated : 2015.02.25 16:10

Opposition leader calls for shutdown of aged nuclear reactor

The chief of the main opposition party on Tuesday expressed strong opposition to extending the life span of an aged nuclear reactor, saying the government should demonstrate its sincerity about improving public safety.  The remarks by Moon Jae-in, chairman of the New Politics Alliance fo...

Updated : 2015.02.24 13:22

S. Korea hit by worst winter yellow dust in 5 years

The worst winter seasonal yellow dust in five years blanketed the Korean Peninsula on Monday, prompting the authorities to issue health warnings against the sandy, chemical-laden wind from China.  According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, yellow dust warnings were issued at 1...

Updated : 2015.02.23 14:12

Worst yellow dust blankets peninsula

The year's worst yellow dust hit much of the nation Sunday, prompting the authorities to issue health warnings against the sandy, chemical-laden wind from China.  The Korea Meteorological Administration issued yellow dust advisories in Seoul and 16 cities and counties in its surrounding ...

Updated : 2015.02.23 09:10

Korean Peninsula hit by 51 quakes in 2014

A total of 51 earthquakes struck the Korean Peninsula last year, with the strongest temblor measuring 5.1 in magnitude, the government said Sunday.Last year's tally is slightly under the annual average of 52.9 quakes for the 10 years since 2005, according to the Ministry of Public Safety a...

Updated : 2015.02.01 12:59

Korean carbon market trades thin but gains on first day

South Korea's carbon emission market was quiet on the first day of trading on Monday, with the initial price for allowances rising to a level similar to that of the European carbon exchange.The Korea Exchange began the national cap-and-trade system to join the government's efforts to curb ...

Updated : 2015.01.12 16:43

Korean Peninsula hit by 49 quakes in 2014

A total of 49 earthquakes with a magnitude 2.0 or greater struck the Korean Peninsula last year, with the strongest temblor measuring 5.1 in magnitude, the state weather agency said Thursday.Last year's tally is slightly higher than the annual average of 47.7 quakes between 1999 and 2013, ...

Updated : 2015.01.08 12:06

Seoul calls for energy cooperation in Northeast Asia

Countries in Northeast Asia should beef up energy cooperation in a bid to bring peace and security to the region where a lack of trust has intensified geopolitical conflicts, a ranking Seoul diplomat said Friday.Speaking at a forum on energy security in Seoul, Ahn Chong-ghee, deputy foreig...

Updated : 2014.12.12 09:23

Faulty alloy still in use in S. Korean atomic power plants: Greenpeace

Greenpeace International claimed Wednesday that a defective nickel-based alloy has been in use in core parts of South Korean nuclear power plants, exposing the country to the risk of massive leaks of radioactive water from the plants."Inconel-600" is currently in use at 14 local nuclear re...

Updated : 2014.12.03 15:41

S. Korea plans to cut energy use by 4.1 pct by 2017

South Korea seeks to reduce its use of energy by 4.1 percent from its business-as-usual (BAU) level in 2017 that will also help cut its greenhouse gas emissions, the government said Tuesday.Under a new five-year plan affecting the 2013-2017 period, the government will seek to keep the annu...

Updated : 2014.12.02 11:05

S. Korea, 20 other countries to contribute US$9.4 bln to climate fund

South Korea and 20 other countries promised Thursday to contribute a combined US$9.4 billion to a U.N. climate fund over the next four years, the finance ministry said.The United States and Japan promised to provide $3 billion and $1.5 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), while Britain...

Updated : 2014.11.21 09:26

S. Korea, China, Japan to conduct joint fine-dust research

State-run environmental research institutes of South Korea, China and Japan have agreed to conduct joint research on ways to tackle fine dust pollution and strengthen cooperation over the issue, Seoul researchers said Friday.   The agreement was reached during the 11th meeting of chiefs ...

Updated : 2014.11.14 09:48

S. Korea, China to discuss ways to cut fine dust

The environment ministers of South Korea and China will meet in Beijing this week to discuss concrete plans to reduce fine dust emissions, Seoul’s Environment Ministry said Wednesday.The meeting between South Korean Environment Minister Yoon Seong-kyu and his Chinese counterpart, Zhou She...

Updated : 2014.11.12 20:58

Korea, Vietnam to boost cooperation on the environment

South Korea and Vietnam agreed Monday to expand their cooperation in environmental fields such as biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of biological resources, officials here said.The agreement was reached during a meeting between South Korea’s Environment Minister Yoon Seong-kyu...

Updated : 2014.10.27 20:38

Soil contamination near smelter serious: environmental group

An environmental group on Thursday called for a thorough probe into soil pollution and the health of residents near a smelter in a southeastern county, claiming that the surrounding soil has been seriously polluted by metals from the smelter."After conducting an environmental survey togeth...

Updated : 2014.10.23 16:37