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In recent years, North Korea has worked to combat negative effects of climate change, such as environmental degradation, deforestation, and agricultural decline.1 Other consequences of climate change include food scarcity, water and energy scarcity, the rising sea level, and other extreme weather events. The North Korean government has worked cooperatively with other signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to form a response plan to climate change.2 Currently, North Korea is facing environmental strife. The landscapes are barren and there is no wildlife.3 North Korea's forests have been reduced in recent years by at least 17%.4 The Red Cross Society in North Korea is the only non-governmental agency auxiliary to the government.5 The agency provides much needed disaster management expertise to the ...See More country. It also tries its best to provide prevention training and preparation, as well as mitigation, after disasters. Officers work at the community level and help to strengthen the physical infrastructure of cities and villages.6 Show Less

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1http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/20/north-korea-unlikely-champion-fight-against-climate-change
2 Ibid
3 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/nature/inside-north-koreas-environmental-collapse/
4 Ibid
5http://www.ifrc.org/Global/Publications/disasters/resources/reducing-risks/201300-North-Korea-Case-Study.pdf
6 Ibid
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North Korea News

New York Times 
“In confronting the reckless North Korean regime, it's critical that we're guided by a strong sense of resolve, both privately and publicly, both diplomatically and militarily,” Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the Pentagon's top commander in the Pacific ... See more..
Huffington Post 
Wednesday afternoon, the entire U.S. Senate took a bus ride to the auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, ostensibly to receive a high-level briefing from White House officials on North Korea, which has embarked on one of its regular ... See more..
CNN 
His comments came as top US Cabinet members put a stress on economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure to rein in North Korea, calling for a return to dialogue after a Senate briefing on the threat posed by Pyongyang's nuclear and missile program. See more..
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CNBC 
It's also a complicated issue that's going to take a lot of continuing work because of the consequences of direct military action, Leon Panetta said. See more..
Space.com 
The U.S. Air Force launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) early this morning (April 26) in a successful test, military officials said. The Minuteman III ICBM lifted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:03 a.m. EDT ... See more..
Fox News 
Foreign policy experts theorized Tuesday about what a pre-emptive military strike against North Korea may look like in the event that pressure from China and deepening isolation does little to stop Pyongyang's rogue regime. The Trump administration ... See more..
Foreign Policy (blog) 
The head of the U.S. Pacific Command warned on Wednesday that North Korea directly threatens American interests and allies in the Pacific region, but tempered his dour assessment of the secretive country's motivations by saying regime change is not the ... See more..
NEWS.com.au 
He detailed a conversation with a former diplomat who he said told him: “We've got 20 neighbours, 20 nations we can describe as neighbour, and we've got less influence with this one (North Korea) than any of the others.” Mr Carr's comments were not the ... See more..
Washington Post 
Dozens of Special Operations troops marched in North Korea's military parade this month, covered from head to toe in green, brown and black camouflage. Carrying variants of the Kalashnikov rifle with high-capacity “helical” magazines, they shouted ... See more..
CNBC 
North Korea will continue its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and the U.S. cannot count on China to apply sufficient pressure to deter the growing threat, experts told a Senate panel Tuesday. Also, a U.S. military strike on Pyongyang ... See more..
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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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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