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Pollution in Korean Cities Exceeds WHO Standards

September 27th, 2011 . by Errol

According to the World Health Organisation, the concentration of airborne dust particles in Seoul, Busan and other major Korean cities is 50-99 ㎍ per cubic meter on annual average, far exceeding the recommended limit of 20 ㎍.

The Chosun Ilbo, September 28, 2011

The Korean Tourism Organization must have breathed sighs of relief when Incheon International airport was completed, no more gasps of shock from Gimpo-bound international tourists when they started the descent into the brown-green lake of Seoul’s air pollution.


In descending order:

Anyang 68
Busan 68
Bucheon 64
Daegu 64
Seongnam 64
Seoul 64
Suwon 62
Incheon 54
Ulsan 53
Gwangju 52
Daejeon 49

WHO Database: outdoor air pollution in cities

Paris 38
London 29
Los Angeles 25
Tokyo 23

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