November 05, 2018 10:38
Korean cities are poised to fight toxic smog by putting more electric and hydrogen vehicles on the roads.
Seven hydrogen buses will hit the roads in Seoul next year, six in Gwangju, three in Ulsan, five in Seosan and four in Asan, both in South Chungcheong Province, and five in Changwon in South Gyeongsang Province.
The number of electric cars is also increasing rapidly. According to the Ministry of Environment, a total of 26,375 of electric cars had been registered in the country between October last year and September this year since the government started a campaign against air pollution.
More than 65 percent of the air pollution in the country is attributed to car exhaust fumes, according to the ministry, though seasonal toxic haze blown over from China also plays a significant role.
Meanwhile, the Seoul metropolitan area, Daejeon and the Chungcheong and Jeolla provinces will see heavy smog on Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Institute of Environmental Research.
"The concentration of toxic atmospheric particles blown over from China's coal-fired power plants is getting thicker as the winter approaches," a NIER official said.
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