Korea's Fine-Dust Levels Among Worst in OECD

  • Arirang News

    February 17, 2017 09:14

    The layer of fine-dust particles blanketing the Korean Peninsula continues to thicken, leaving the nation with one of the worst pollution levels in the OECD.

    According to data from the U.S.-based Health Effects Institute, Korea's average annual exposure to ultra-fine dust worsened from 26 µg/m³ in 1990 to 29 µg/m³ in 2015. By contrast, the OECD average dropped from 17 µg/m³ to 15 µg/m³ over the same period.

    Among OECD members, only Turkey has a worse level of dust pollution than Korea.

    The data also shows that Korea's ozone concentration has reached an alarming level and continues to rise. The level is currently the fourth-worst in the OECD.

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