September 27, 2017 08:36
Deaths from cancer and cerebrovascular diseases have significantly decreased in Korea between 2010 and 2013, but deaths from respiratory diseases have risen, according to OECD Health Statistics for this year.
This increase goes against the trend across the rest of the OECD and is probably related to growing air pollution, chiefly from toxic haze being blown in from China.
Data from the U.S.-based Health Effects Institute shows the number of deaths related to fine dust in Korea has recently risen again. The institute says that across the OECD average levels of fine or ultrafine dust in the air have fallen in the 15 years, but Korea's have increased and are now the worst in the OECD except Turkey.
Ozone levels in Korea have also risen, becoming the fourth worst in the OECD.
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