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Environmental reform is one of the few areas in which North Korea complies with international agreements. It has worked to combat negative effects of climate change, such as environmental degradation, deforestation, and agricultural decline. Its interest in climate change stems from its economy depending heavily on the agricultural sector, so its preservation is needed to ensure the country’s stability.1 North Korea’s forests have been reduced in recent years by at least 17%.2

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1 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/20/north-korea-unlikely-champion-fight-against-climate-change
2 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/nature/inside-north-koreas-environmental-collapse/
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Geography

Eastern Asia, northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, between China and South Korea
Area

Total 120,538 sq km
Land 120,408 sq km
Water 130 sq km

Climate

temperate with rainfall concentrated in summer
Natural Resources

coal, lead, tungsten, zinc, graphite, magnesite, iron ore, copper, gold, pyrites, salt, fluorspar, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

late spring droughts often followed by severe flooding; occasional typhoons during the early fall

volcanism: Changbaishan (elev. 2,744 m) (also known as Baitoushan, Baegdu or P'aektu-san), on the Chinese border, is considered historically active Changbaishan (elev. 2,744 m) (also known as Baitoushan, Baegdu or P'aektu-san), on the Chinese border, is considered historically active
Current Environmental Issues

water pollution; inadequate supplies of potable water; waterborne disease; deforestation; soil erosion and degradation

Demographics

Nationality
Korean
Population
24,720,407 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

North Korea, one of the world's most centrally directed and least open economies, faces chronic economic problems. Industrial capital stock is nearly beyond repair as a result of years of underinvestment, shortages of spare parts, and poor maintenance. Large-scale military spending draws off resources needed for investment and civilian consumption. Industrial and power output have stagnated for years at a fraction of pre-1990 levels. Frequent weather-related crop failures aggravated chronic food shortages caused by on-going systemic problems, including a lack of arable land, collective farming practices, poor soil quality, insufficient fertilization, and persistent shortages of tractors and fuel. Large-scale international ...See More food aid deliveries as well as aid from China has allowed the people of North Korea to escape widespread starvation since famine threatened in 1995, but the population continues to suffer from prolonged malnutrition and poor living conditions. Since 2002, the government has allowed private "farmers' markets" to begin selling a wider range of goods. It also permitted some private farming - on an experimental basis - in an effort to boost agricultural output. In December 2009, North Korea carried out a redenomination of its currency, capping the amount of North Korean won that could be exchanged for the new notes, and limiting the exchange to a one-week window. A concurrent crackdown on markets and foreign currency use yielded severe shortages and inflation, forcing Pyongyang to ease the restrictions by February 2010. In response to the sinking of the South Korean destroyer Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea's government cut off most aid, trade, and bilateral cooperation activities, with the exception of operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex. In 2012, KIM Jong Un's first year of leadership, the North displayed increased focus on the economy by renewing its commitment to special economic zones with China, negotiating a new payment structure to settle its $11 billion Soviet-era debt to Russia, and purportedly proposing new agricultural and industrial policies to boost domestic production. The North Korean government often highlights its goal of becoming a "strong and prosperous" nation and attracting foreign investment, a key factor for improving the overall standard of living. Nevertheless, firm political control remains the government's overriding concern, which likely will inhibit fundamental reforms of North Korea's current economic system. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$40 billion (2011 est.); $40 billion (2010 est.); $40 billion (2009 est.)
Agriculture Products

rice, corn, potatoes, soybeans, pulses; cattle, pigs, pork, eggs
Industries

military products; machine building, electric power, chemicals; mining (coal, iron ore, limestone, magnesite, graphite, copper, zinc, lead, and precious metals), metallurgy; textiles, food processing; tourism