Monday, November 24, 2008

Air Quality in Seoul Gets Worse

Air Quality in Seoul Gets Worse
(English Chosun)November 24, 2008

The air quality in the Seoul metropolitan area has become worse than before 2006, when it began trying to improve it. The government has spent W1.5 trillion (US$1=W1,501) over two years on the program.

The Metropolitan Air Quality Management Office under the Environment Ministry on Sunday announced the result of a campaign against smoke-belching old diesel vehicles by three local governments in Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi Province in 2006 and 2007. An average of 58㎍ fine dust particles per 1 cubic m of air were detected in Seoul in 2007, except during dust storms, up 2㎍ from 56㎍ in 2005, the year before the project.

Other pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, ozone and sulfurous acid which harm the respiratory and cardiovascular organs increased by 1 to 4 ppb as compared to 2005.

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Commentary: All I have to say is, "wheez, cough."

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