November 02, 2015 13:24
Korea will receive Chinese data on air pollution like toxic haze and sandstorms that are regularly blown across into the country to improve the accuracy of forecasts.
President Park Geun-hye and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang last Saturday signed an agreement on real-time sharing of data on air quality and sandstorms.
Data will include air quality and other meteorological information for some 40 Chinese cities, and from the Korean side in Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi Province. So far Korea has downloaded data Chinese authorities have posted on websites, but they are two or three hours behind time.
Meanwhile, the two leaders also signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in protecting pandas. The global panda population has shrunk to just about 1,600.
A male and a female panda will be sent from Sichuan Province early next year to the zoo at Everland in Yongin near Seoul, which will care for them for 15 years.
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