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Air quality and urban pollution have improved in recent years due to innovations such as natural-gas powered buses and heavier restrictions on factories.1 However, South Korea still experiences significant pollution in the form of "yellow dust" carried over from China, which causes respiratory illnesses among South Korea's children and elderly.2

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1http://moon.com/2013/12/air-quality-and-other-environmental-factors-in-south-korea/
2 Ibid
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South Korea News

Reuters 
As a standoff escalated over North Korea's nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, South Korea said the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense system was moving ahead effectively a day after angry protests against the battery and fierce ... See more..
New York Times 
SEOUL, South Korea — At a time when South Korea is struggling to deter North Korea's nuclear threats, human rights advocates say its military is targeting gay soldiers in its ranks. In recent weeks, the army has focused on dozens of those soldiers in ... See more..
New York Daily News 
A worker sprays water to clean the windows of a shopping center in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Asia's fourth-largest economy, grew at the fastest clip in nearly a year thanks to recovery in exports, the central bank said Thursday ... See more..
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CNNMoney 
Chinese tour groups have been canceling trips because of anger over the deployment of a controversial U.S.-built missile defense system in South Korea. Chinese authorities are believed to have told travel agencies last month to stop selling trips to ... See more..
Bloomberg 
Jeon Byeong-kwan took to the streets late last year, joining millions of demonstrators seeking to oust former South Korean President Park Geun-hye and protest the nation's "wealth cliques." The 29-year-old event planner from Seoul sees Park's downfall ... See more..
CBS News 
The U.S. and South Korea have been conducting joint military drills in South Korea amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. In this photo taken on April 26, 2017, the South Korean Multiple Launch Rocket System fires rockets during a joint live ... See more..
NBCNews.com 
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in outraged persecuted sexual minority groups by saying during a television debate that he opposes homosexuality, something his supporters say he had to do to win office in the ... See more..
Hot Air 
Rather than wait for the May 9th presidential election following the impeachment and removal of Park Geun-hye, US and South Korean security forces installed the THAAD system, apparently making it operational. As ABC News reports, that surprised our ... See more..
Fortune 
A South Korean court on Wednesday ruled that the ride-hailing group Uber Technologies illegally used private vehicles for commercial purposes, in the latest legal setback for the U.S. firm in Asia's fourth-biggest economy. Uber's operations in South ... See more..
New York Daily News 
The United States on Wednesday moved to install a polarizing anti-missile defense system in South Korea — as the combative North flexed its military might in live-fire artillery drills. Without prior warning, the American military hauled in parts for ... See more..
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Geography

Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea
Area

Total 99,720 sq km
Land 96,920 sq km
Water 2,800 sq km

Climate

temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter
Natural Resources

coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, lead, hydropower potential ;
Natural Hazards

occasional typhoons bring high winds and floods; low-level seismic activity common in southwest

volcanism: Halla (elev. 1,950 m) is considered historically active although it has not erupted in many centuries Halla (elev. 1,950 m) is considered historically active although it has not erupted in many centuries
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution in large cities; acid rain; water pollution from the discharge of sewage and industrial effluents; drift net fishing

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Korean
Population
48,955,203 (July 2013 est.)
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South Korea over the past four decades has demonstrated incredible growth and global integration to become a high-tech industrialized economy. In the 1960s, GDP per capita was comparable with levels in the poorer countries of Africa and Asia. In 2004, South Korea joined the trillion dollar club of world economies, and is currently the world's 12th largest economy. Initially, a system of close government and business ties, including directed credit and import restrictions, made this success possible. The government promoted the import of raw materials and technology at the expense of consumer goods, and encouraged savings and investment over consumption. ...See More The Asian financial crisis of 1997-98 exposed longstanding weaknesses in South Korea's development model including high debt/equity ratios and massive short-term foreign borrowing. GDP plunged by 6.9% in 1998, and then recovered by 9% in 1999-2000. Korea adopted numerous economic reforms following the crisis, including greater openness to foreign investment and imports. Growth moderated to about 4% annually between 2003 and 2007. Korea''s export focused economy was hit hard by the 2008 global economic downturn, but quickly rebounded in subsequent years, reaching 6.3% growth in 2010. The US-South Korea Free Trade Agreement was ratified by both governments in 2011 and went into effect in March 2012. Throughout 2012 the economy experienced sluggish growth because of market slowdowns in the United States, China, and the Eurozone. The incoming administration in 2013, following the December 2012 presidential election, is likely to face the challenges of balancing heavy reliance on exports with developing domestic-oriented sectors, such as services. The South Korean economy''s long term challenges include a rapidly aging population, inflexible labor market, and heavy reliance on exports - which comprise half of GDP. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.64 trillion (2012 est.); $1.608 trillion (2011 est.); $1.552 trillion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

31.4% of GDP (2012 est.); 31.9% of GDP (2011 est.); 32.4% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

rice, root crops, barley, vegetables, fruit; cattle, pigs, chickens, milk, eggs; fish
Industries

electronics, telecommunications, automobile production, chemicals, shipbuilding, steel