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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