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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

Forbes 
South Korea tends to keep a low profile internationally, seemingly content to nurture their chaebols and leave high politics to other powers. Their close alliance with the U.S. and the constant threat of spiralling chaos from the North means their ... See more..
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 
Summary: Following months of popular protests and the subsequent impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, a debate looms in South Korea as to whether these unprecedented events will bring about deep structural changes for the country's political ... See more..
NBCNews.com 
Kim Jong Un's regime has stepped up testing of its missiles as a protest of the U.S. joint military drills with South Korea, and there is concern preparations for a sixth nuclear test are underway. China is fiercely opposed to THAAD, arguing a system ... See more..
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CNET 
The South Korean company has asked its customers to return their Galaxy Note 7s, pushed updates that prevented the phones from charging fully, and offered incentives for people to send them back. So far, 96 percent of the 3 million Note 7 buyers around ... See more..
Air Force Link 
Lt. Gen. Thomas Bergeson, the Air Component Command, South Korea/U.S. Combined Forces Command and 7th Air Force commander, explained the significance of exercises like Key Resolve and the combined U.S. and U.N. commitment to South Korea. See more..
New York Times 
SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing more than 300 people — most of them teenagers on a school trip — was raised to the surface on Thursday. It was an emotional moment for families who are still looking ... See more..
CoinTelegraph 
Over the past few weeks, Ethereum has experienced a truly exponential growth in terms of market cap and development community, reaching a market cap of $4.37 bln. According to various sources and market data, the South Korean exchange market has ... See more..
Sky News 
Sewol ferry raised from South Korea seabed three years after disaster. Relatives of those who died on the Sewol in 2014 hope to recover bodies still missing and fully explain why it went down. 13:51, UK, Friday 24 March 2017. preview image. Video: The ... See more..
Newsweek 
Japan sent South Korea a formal complaint Wednesday over Seoul's decision to hold military drills near two islets claimed by both nations in the Sea of Japan. The upcoming military exercise would be one of several South Korean drills held each year and ... See more..
Financial Times 
Beijing has responded with economic sanctions, banning Chinese tour groups and shutting stores owned by Lotte Group, the South Korean conglomerate that provided land for Thaad. Some shops have seen impromptu protests by banner-waving locals and ... 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 ;

Demographics

Nationality
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