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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

NPR 
South Korean President Moon Jae-in watched his military test-fire a ballistic missile on Friday, after a string of North Korean missile tests were blamed for raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The military said the missile, a Hyunmoo-2 with a ... See more..
New York Times 
SEOUL, South Korea — A longtime friend of Park Geun-hye, the ousted president of South Korea, was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday on charges of abusing her influence to get her daughter illegally enrolled in a prestigious university. See more..
CNN International 
Choi's suggestion comes after South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who advocates greater engagement with North Korea, suggested the two could launch a joint bid for the 2030 football World Cup. Unlike the World Cup, which has yet to be awarded, South ... See more..
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CNN 
The mere image and civil act of Korea's new president showing compassion for abandoned and abused rescue animals will be both positive and powerful. South Korea is a modern country, but its progress when it comes to animal welfare lags behind its rapid ... See more..
Business Insider 
South Korea's elite unit of frogmen have longstanding ties to US Navy SEALs, but some of their techniques, like a recent video displaying their knife training, ... See more..
Foreign Policy (blog) 
South Korea's corporate emperors aren't quite as ruthless as the commandants north of the border — North Korea's supreme leader can command his half-brother to be murdered and his uncle by marriage to be executed — but they've dug out their own ... See more..
Golf Channel 
ROGERS, Ark. – Sung Hyun Park nearly matched the course record with an 8-under 63 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the NW Arkansas Championship. The South Korean, ranked eighth in the world in her first full season on the LPGA tour, finished ... See more..
Reuters 
SEOUL South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday China should do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear program and he would call on President Xi Jinping to lift measures against South Korean companies taken in retaliation against Seoul's ... See more..
Press Herald 
SANGJU, South Korea — In a country where bikes are either a poor man's transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network of car-free paths in the world is being built through dense evergreen ... See more..
Business Insider 
Even though he's the supreme leader of his country, Kim Jong Un has reportedly been living like a hunted man out of fear that the US and South Korea are ... 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

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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