S. Korea Report Largest Number Air Pollution Deaths in OECD

Write : 2017-02-16 14:18:08 Update : 2017-02-16 14:36:56

S. Korea Report Largest Number Air Pollution Deaths in OECD

South Korea has recorded the largest number of air pollution-related deaths among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD.)
According to a report from the U.S. civilian environmental group “Health Effects Institute,” the number of annual deaths attributable to fine dust rose from 15-thousand-100 in 1990 to 18-thousand-200 in 2015 in South Korea.
The report shows that the annual average level of fine dust concentration stood at 26 micrograms per cubic meter in South Korea in 1990. It was far higher than the OECD average at 17 micrograms per cubic meter and the seventh worst level in the organization.
The OECD average dropped to 15 micrograms per cubic meter over the next 25 years until 2015. But South Korea saw its fine dust concentration rise to 29 micrograms during the same period, the second highest after Turkey.
The report shows that South Korea’s air quality is excessively bad, compared to others in advanced countries.
The concentration level of ozone, one of fatally harmful air pollutants, jumped from 66 micrograms per cubic meter in 1990 to 68 micrograms in 2015, the fourth highest in the OECD. By contrast, the OECD average dropped from 61 micrograms to 60 micrograms during the same period.

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