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Despite innovations such as natural-gas powered buses and heavier restrictions on factories, South Korea is still ranked as one of the world’s most polluted countries. Vehicle emissions, industrial sites, and coal-burning factories are the biggest causes of pollution, especially in urban areas. In addition, although the exact percentage is unknown, some of the pollution is carried over from China by air currents.1

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South Korea News

New York Times 
SEOUL, South Korea — The United States military said on Monday that it would practice evacuating noncombatant Americans out of South Korea in the event of war and other emergencies, as the two allies began a joint naval exercise amid heightened ... See more..
Business Insider 
The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan docked at South Korea's Busan Naval Base as part of a routine port visit. Petty Officer 2nd Class Jermaine Ralliford / Business Insider. The US Navy maintains that the USS Michigan, a submarine ... See more..
Channel NewsAsia 
SEOUL: Passengers leaving South Korea for the United States will be required to undergo stricter check-in screening from Oct 26, amid growing concerns about terrorist attacks, the Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday (Oct 17). "Local passengers who ... See more..
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Newsweek 
The U.S. is to practice evacuating American civilians from South Korea amid concerns that escalating tensions between the America and North Korea may have brought them to the brink of conflict. The drill is aimed at preparing U.S. “service members and ... See more..
The Guardian 
Park Geun-hye, the deposed South Korean president, has denounced her bribery and corruption trial as “political revenge” after her entire legal team resigned in protest against her treatment in detention. Speaking publicly for the first time since her ... See more..
dallasinnovates.com 
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will lead a trade mission this week to Shanghai, China and Seoul, South Korea aimed at promoting economic, tourism, and business opportunities in Dallas-Fort Worth. “North Texas is a hub of innovation and diversity,” Rawlings ... See more..
Financial Times 
The sparkle of South Korean cosmetics firms remained strong on Monday after Seoul and Beijing extended a currency swap, a move seen as a yardstick for ... See more..
Reuters 
MOSCOW (Reuters) - North Korean officials have rejected a proposal to hold direct talks with their South Korean counterparts in St Petersburg, the RIA news agency reported on Monday. Moscow had called on the two countries, who are both represented at a ... See more..
Bitcoin News (press release) 
South Korea is preparing to tax bitcoin use after the cryptocurrency's trading volume skyrocketed past that of Kosdaq. Han Seung-hee, the commissioner of the ... See more..
IHS Jane's 360 
South Korean defence contractors have put unmanned aircraft systems (UASs)/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the forefront of their exhibits at this year's Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), as they look to showcase ... 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