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New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

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Moon Jae-in speaks at an event to mark the closure of South Korea’s oldest nuclear plant, Kori-1. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Moon Jae-in said he would lead country towards a ‘nuclear-free era’ following fears of a Fukushima-style meltdown

June 19, 2017 — South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to phase out the country’s dependence on nuclear power, warning of “unimaginable consequences” from a Fukushima-style meltdown. Continue reading New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

Shipping air pollution causing 24,000 deaths a year in East Asia

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China, where Shanghai is the world’s busiest container port, will start demanding cleaner fuels for ships in coastal regions from 2019. Photograph: Toby Melville/REUTERS

Often overlooked compared to cars and factories that are far bigger causes of smog, ship traffic has more than doubled off East Asia since 2005

July 19, 2016 — A boom in shipping is aggravating air pollution in China and other nations in East Asia, causing thousands of deaths a year in a region with eight of the world’s 10 biggest container ports, scientists said on Monday.  Continue reading Shipping air pollution causing 24,000 deaths a year in East Asia

How one man spread a killer virus in hospital

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MERS. A general view shows South Korea’s largest hospital, the Samsung Seoul Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, June 15, 2015. File photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

‘Our results show the increased potential of MERS virus infection from a single patient in an overcrowded emergency room,’ say researchers from Samsung Medical Center, where the outbreak occurred

PARIS, France (July 10, 2016) — A single patient infected 82 people with the deadly MERS virus in an overcrowded South Korean emergency room in 2015, according to a scientific investigation released Saturday, July 9.  Continue reading How one man spread a killer virus in hospital