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South Korean Environmental Issues

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Isaac Ducker

on 27 February 2013

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Transcript of South Korean Environmental Issues

South Korea Air Pollution in Large Cities Are the attempts to address this working,
and what are they? Kyoto Protocol Emmisions Target Management Scheme Cap and Trade Scheme Soil Pollution Water Pollution Why is this significant? The residents in large cities are directly affected by the higher amounts of pollution where they live. It can cause increase in sickness, higher death rates, and air pollution can just be a general discomfort for everybody living in the area. Air pollution also effects peoples ability to go to school and work, as well as go about daily life. Because of the heightened amount of air pollution in large cities residents quality of life is being directly affected and this is significant not just to South Korea's government, but all governments and populations involved with them as well. Will be implemented January 2015
Tackle green house gas emmisions
Limit certain companies emmissions e.g. POSCO, Hyundai Steel, Ssangyong Cement, Tongyang Cement & Energy. And these are only a few.
Plans to reduce emmission by at least a third over time.
Emmitters who fail to their reduction requirements will pay a maximum of 10 million Korean won. A relatively small amount wich unfortanetly makes emitters prefer this method to cap and trade. Local Populations Air pollution has been directly connected to water pollution by Acid Rain. The air or polluted particles in the air create clouds and these clouds precipitate polluted water. This process bring pollutants directly into the water supply which is then distributed not just around the city, but around surrounding areas as well. This pollution of water sources has a great amount of impact on wildlife and human life in major cities as well as local communities. This displays the fact that air pollution is a significant problem in South Korea because of how many other problems it causes. Soil pollution is a large problem in South Korea because it is directly related to air and water pollution but because it is not confined into such a small area it is very disruptive to areas that might not be as commercialized as others. This makes it a large amount more significant to South Korea because it is more widespread and an action is plan is very difficult to come up with. Because it is so widespread, maiming to the environment, among other things, Soil pollution is very significant and very connected to Air pollution and definetly and obvious problem for residents. Implemented in 2015.
Allows for carbon trading emmissions
First asian country to implement one nationwide
Creates a market that allows countries to buy credits if they want to emit more, and sell credits if they can emit less.
Emission limits will apply to companies that discharge 125,000 tons or more of carbon dioxide annually or workplaces that emit at least 25,000 tons a year. Since South Korea is a developed country it has chosen to abide by the laws/ rules of they Kyoto Protocol
Limits emissions even more since it will be stacked upon the cap and trade system.
Implemented as of now. Not in 2015.
All kept in check by registry systems, comopliancy, regular checks by operators. etc. etc.
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