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Dust problem: Korea or China culprit?

Korea can also have influence on China

Photo: Yonhap

/NOVOSTIVL/ Several government reports have pointed to China as the main cause of the country's concentrated pollution levels, but could Korea-generated pollution have the same effect on China? This article appeared in The Korea Times.

This issue gained recognition after Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha recently said the country's fine dust could also affect Chinese skies. "Depending on the season, fine dust that occurs in the country could fly over to China," she said.

However, local experts say the minister's claim is possible in theory, but in reality the level of fine dust moving to China is insignificant.

Experts say, Korea's fine dust could only affect China during the summer if there is an easterly wind sweeping through the country, however, they say that during the summer fine dust levels are at their lowest.

"On a yearly basis, less than 0.1 percent of Korea's fine dust affects China and the level is estimated to come out to 0.03 to 0.05 percent, which could be disregarded," Kim Chul-hee, professor of environment science at Busan University said in an interview with Yonhap.

"The bigger problem is that Korea and China will build more coal-fired power plants, making it harder to improve the air quality in the future" an environment official said.