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  • VanIslander
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Re: Air pollution - bad enough to leave Korea?
« Reply #900 on: June 09, 2019, 10:13:41 pm »
From 1994-96 i spent two years on the Canadian side of the Detroit river and smelled metal in the air almost every day. I was in grad school at the U of Windsor but LETHARGIC as hell many days...

When i ended up in Winnipeg to finish my thesis i noticed a huge rejuvenation of energy.

I remember thinking: bad air to good air might be partially why i felt suddenly so good.

Flash forward to '02 when i researched teaching in south korea. The best air was the southeast coast and Jeju and i chose Geoje Island (on the southeast coast) and a few years later went to Seogwipo for 7 years, the cleanest air city in South Korea, on the south coast of Jeju.

There is a HUGE difference in air quality between Seogwipo on the south coast and Jeju City on the north coast for two obvious reasons:

1. the Pacific wind systems often hits Seogwipo and Halla mountain and bounces/flows around.

2. The Jeju airport has a lot of noise and air pollution that affects the Jeju City residents but not Seogwipo on the other side of Halla mountain.

Two years ago I moved from Seogwipo to a town known for clean air in Gyeongsangnamdo, but not Geoje or Seogwipo level of clean air, though sometimes yeah.

I have enjoyed a clean air month in New Zealand (stellar) and 9 clean air days  in Guam (minus the terrible smoke choking buses at times), but i have also choked while trying to walk around Bangkok and Beijing - two cities i could NEVER live in due to air pollution.

I am from Vancouver, Canada, one of the cleanest cities in the world with a significant population.

The ONLY thing stopping me from rocking India on vacation is the pollution i dread: air pollution primarily, also other kinds (water, noise, traffic, food uncleanliness, etc).

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  • The Legend

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Re: Air pollution - bad enough to leave Korea?
« Reply #901 on: June 10, 2019, 01:25:21 am »
Oh, me and my lady was down in the city
Our feet stuck in concrete and our heads in the fog
I must have been crazy, sure ain't no pity
Well, the dogs there live like people
And the people like dogs


  • HappyPlanetAbuser
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Re: Air pollution - bad enough to leave Korea?
« Reply #902 on: June 12, 2019, 02:37:34 am »
Just watched Dispatches doc. on 'worrying' levels of air pollution of 34 pm2.5 near UK schools.  :wink:

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Re: Air pollution - bad enough to leave Korea?
« Reply #903 on: June 18, 2019, 04:23:17 pm »
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South Korea operates some 60 coal power plants, mainly owned by state-run utilities, which last year supplied about 42% of the country’s electricity.

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Coal-fired capacity will rise in coming years before easing by 2030.


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Re: Air pollution - bad enough to leave Korea?
« Reply #904 on: June 18, 2019, 05:21:01 pm »
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Coal-fired capacity will rise in coming years before easing by 2030

As the openly planet-abuser extraordinaire I approve of such grand policies. We need to consume more power to feel ever so elevated from tree-burning Neanderthal man.
I mean, imagine having to burn compressed dead tree fuels. How primitive!

NZ coal fire plant
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Re: Air pollution - bad enough to leave Korea?
« Reply #905 on: June 18, 2019, 05:40:02 pm »
Best air in the world; New Zealand's #1!:

2016 Concentration of PM 2.5 (Micrograms/cubic meter)

1. New Zealand 5.7
2. Brunei Darussalam 5.8
3. Finland 5.9
4. Sweden 5.9
5. Iceland 5.9
6. Canada 6.5
7. Estonia 6.7
8. Norway 7.0
9. Australia 7.2
10. United States of America 7.4



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Re: Air pollution - bad enough to leave Korea?
« Reply #906 on: June 18, 2019, 05:46:44 pm »
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Over half of South Koreans said they would not pay increased electricity charges to combat fine particle dust.

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/897315.html

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When asked about their willingness to pay increased electricity charges if coal-fired thermal power plant use is discontinued to reduce fine particle dust, 51.4% of respondents said they were “unwilling,” while 48.6% said they were “willing.”


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Re: Air pollution - bad enough to leave Korea?
« Reply #907 on: June 18, 2019, 05:56:35 pm »
Darn sanctimonious kiwis trying to keep the skies blue and pristine... luckily Australians are fully onboard with the burn the planet down plan the Russians have in store for us.  :angel:
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