South Korea Building 2.5 GW Offshore Wind Farm

Wind Power Ninja

South Korea is getting into the wind power game with a bold, 2.5 The wind farm will be built off the southwestern coast of South Korea will include about 500 turbines and is expected to be completed by 2019. Government / Industry south korea wind farmGW project will cost about $8.2 billion to build. Companies like Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering are constructing the turbines.

Wind Farm Being Built In South Korea

Wind Power Ninja

Spanish company Acciona has finished the first stage of a wind park to be built in South Korea by a European company. Government / Industry wind farm south koreaThe 61.5 MW Yeong Yang facility represents an investment of 100 million euros. A test bed complex for wind power capable of generating 40 megawatts will be built on reclaimed land at Saemangeum.

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South Korea Announces Plans To End Cosmetics Testing on Animals

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The South Korean government announced this week their plans to end needless testing on animals for cosmetics. The news comes following two years of Read More The post South Korea Announces Plans To End Cosmetics Testing on Animals appeared first on Ecorazzi. Another victory for a cruelty-free world! Animals Beauty Causes News Top News

South Korea to Boost Its Coal Tax

Sightline Daily

South Korean flag Image by Nudimmud used under CC BY-SA 3.0. South Korea, which is the destination for much of the US coal shipped across the Pacific, is seeing many of the same trends. Even more troubling for would-be coal exporters, South Korean power companies recently axed plans for four new coal plants, and delayed several more. “South Korean power companies recently axed plans for four new #coal plants, and delayed several more.”

South Korea to Tax Coal

Sightline Daily

Instead, they’ll go to south Korea. And South Korea also has a big appetite for the kind of low-calorie coal that comes from mines in the Western United States. Those factors probably explain why Cloud Peak only maintains long-term export contracts with Korean customers , and also why two South Korean utilities have made loans (now carrying a whopping 16 percent interest rate) to would-be coal exporter Ambre Energy.

South Korea announces plans to resume whaling

Green Blog

South Korea has said that they plan on hunting endangered whales that are protected by a global moratorium. Just like Japan, the South Koreans are trying to justify this by claiming that the whaling is done for scientific reasons. But due to a loophole in the treaty it is possible for countries such as Japan, and now also South Korea, to engage in so-called “scientific whaling” – and this even though the whale meat will later on be sold in markets for consumption.

South Korea Tries to Use Loophole to Begin Whaling

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South Korea is attempting to use a loophole in the 1986 commercial whaling ban to allow whale hunting in the country. Read More. Animals Causes News Top News

Al Gore Blogs on Historic Climate Legislation in South Korea

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Former Vice President and Environmentalist, Al Gore, posted a blog today about the historic climate change legislation that has just been passed in South Korea. Read More. Causes Environment News People Top News al gore

South Korea’s All-New Tax on Coal Exports

Sightline Daily

South Korean flag Image by Nudimmud used under CC BY-SA 3.0 South Korea’s new tax on coal imports, under discussion for over a year and announced this past January , went into effect today. Korea designed the tax not only to raise revenue, but also to achieve two specific policy goals: discouraging coal consumption , and encouraging a shift to higher-energy coals. Korea’s tax is levied according to coal’s weight, not its energy content.

Schools in South Korea to Be Completely Digital by 2015

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Schools in South Korea to Be Completely Digital by 2015

Mozambique and South Korea Cooperate on Solar

Celsias

The Mozambican and South Korean governments have signed two loan agreements totaling $60 million to underwrite both the establishment of an Emergency Information Management System and the building of three photovoltaic solar power stations. Mozambican Minister of Finance Manuel Chang and the Export-Import Bank of South Korea vice-president Sang Wan Byun signed the accords in the Mozambican capital Maputo.

South Korea Looks to Resume Whaling

Celsias

The Green Climate Fund To Be Based in South Korea, But It's Empty

Celsias

fund designed to manage billions of dollars to help developing nations combat climate change and called The Green Climate Fund will be based in South Korea. The Board of the fund has selected Songdo, Incheon City, South Korea, the board of the fund over Mexico, Germany ,Namibia, Poland and Switzerland who had also sought to be the headquarters. A new U.N.

E+ Green Home as a solution to South Korea's polluting structures

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The capital of South Korea, Seoul, is home to towering skyscrapers and apartment buildings. Currently just a show home, the firm hopes that the design will one day dot the landscapes of South Korea. Sonia Renthlei: Architects and engineers are tasked with building structures that not only look good and serve the needs of the occupants but also leave behind a reduced carbon footprint.

On Looking “Too Asian.”

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South Korean President Receives Zayed Prize For Global Environmental Leadership

Green Prophet

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, VP for UAE & ruler of Dubai, presented South Korean President Lee Myung-bak with the Zayed Environmental Prize. The top prize went to South Korea’s President for his country’s “Green Growth&# initiative.

Travel, Sacrifice & Late Night Subway Slumber Parties. ~ Brenna Fischer

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Adventure Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Inspiring (Wow) WAYLON: Editor''s Picks alpinism amazing ambition Climbing drive first ascent following dreams guidebook Himalayas Jonn Jeanneret motivation mountaineering photography pictures South Korea strong videography wow This was the first time I’d met the locally famed climbing photographer, Jonn Jeanneret, known affectionately as Jean, and I didn’t want to sound stupid.

Broome to Busan

10,000 Birds

I then flew south to Sydney to have the weekend with my sister and family. I then flew into Busan, South Korea after a heavy rain storm Tuesday morning and the first birds I saw were egrets beside the runway. The Birds Korea website has a very good gallery. The big excitement for him last week was seeing a Dollarbird there, as we get them come as far south as Broome, but have not seen them in Asia. Trips Busan South Korea

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Hiking in Busan

10,000 Birds

Well, it was my lucky day as I changed the card and got more photos and I had a Blue Rock Thrush to add to my South Korea bird list… with evidence! Trips Busan South KoreaOver the few weeks since I arrived in Busan to join Grant there has been a gradual change in the weather. It has finally become less humid since Typhoon Talas came close last week, but did not cause us to have the torrential rain that Japan experienced.

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Birding across the barrage in Busan

10,000 Birds

Trips Busan South KoreaWhere has the last week gone?! I have walked for miles exploring around this amazing city. I stand out as a foreigner, but even more than that I don’t have a frilly umbrella like the other women! Should I get one? No, I think I will stick with a hat! What I had not realised before we came was how many steps there are in this city! You look on a map and see a park and then realise there are hundreds of steps to get to it.

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Elsukdo Island in search of shorebirds

10,000 Birds

Birding Trips Busan South KoreaWell one day this week saw me searching for shorebirds, as there must be some here somewhere that I can get to. There are signs up to explain that there are not many left due to reclamation, industry and pollution along the Nakdong Estuary, but I must be able to find something if I go out on low tide… surely?! I am enjoying the forest birds, but a shorebird would be a change and it would mean no climbing mountains!

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Busan to Broome

10,000 Birds

Trips Busan South KoreaWell, as you read this I will be sitting on an aeroplane heading from Busan to Hong Kong to Sydney… time to go home! I have a day in Sydney with my sister and family and then go home to Broome… hopefully not delayed by the threat of a Qantas baggage handlers strike starting Tuesday morning as I try to fly north-west. I joined everyone else with a phone accessory!

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Daurian Redstarts in Amnam Park

10,000 Birds

Trips Busan South KoreaI have spent another week exploring this huge city and walking all over the place. It is possible to go above or underground to a lot of places and see more and more shops. I am not really into shopping, so I see what is about and head for the parks. I walked to Songdo Beach, which was first established as a beach almost 100 years ago and is extremely popular.

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Hoemunsan Recreational Forest

10,000 Birds

Jason contacted me to see if I would like to explore beyond the city of Busan as another Birds Korea member had found a great spot for Eurasian Nuthatches by chance. So, you are wondering where the Brown Dipper photo is, well it is over to Mike for that and you can check out what Jason had to say on the Birds Korea Blog about our trip! Trips South KoreaAfter my first post on arrival in Busan I had a new friend to go birding with when Grant is at work!

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This South Korean neighborhood banned cars for a month — and people loved it

Green (Living) Review

In August 2013, the neighborhood of Haenggung-dong in South Korea banned cars for an entire month. Busy, traffic-clogged streets became filled with pedestrians, bicyclists, and children at play. Restaurant owners who'd originally protested the idea used the space for extra seating, while resident associations used it for theater performances and badminton courts. Read more here. car-free car-less

Take Tree Hugging to the Next Level Through Shinrin-Yoku: Medicine of the Forest

Elephant Journal

Shinrin-yoku, which translates as "forest bathing" or the medicine of being in the forest, is all the rage in Japan and South Korea. South Korea has invested $140 million in a new center on forest therapy. Adventure Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Green Health & Wellness Meditation forest forest bathing forest walking Japan John Muir Korea Langston Hughes nature Qing Li shinrin-yoku stress therapy Thich Nhat Hanh walking

The power of incentives

Environmental Economics

The players -- four from South Korea, two from China and two from Indonesia -- have also been charged with "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport" during matches on Tuesday, the federation said in a statement.

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Lovebirds in the Limelight

10,000 Birds

In case you missed it, today’s Google Doodle managed to reference not only the current Winter Olympics in South Korea, but also the fact that it’s Valentine’s Day. The Doodle features two animated Grebes , amid a snowy landscape and Asian architecture, engaging in a beautiful, serene mating dance that Google’s explanation likens to the elegance of figure skaters. The pas de deux concludes with what can only be described as a sweet bird hug.

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Global Carbon Emissions at Record High

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in 2010, India 9.4%, and South Korea 9.2%. Global carbon emissions have reached a record 10 billion tons, which is a huge increase of almost 50% in the last twenty years. The study by the Global Carbon Project says a slowdown in emissions during the 2008-09 global financial crisis wasn’t enough to make a positive impact, and the gain in 2011 followed a 6% jump in 2010.

Vitamin D-deficient Patients Twice As Likely To Develop Severe COVID-19 Symptoms

Green Prophet

The study drew upon data from hospitals in China, France, Italy, South Korea, and the United States. A new study released by Northwestern University concludes that vitamin D may be an essential weapon to protect yourself from the coronavirus. According to researchers, lower vitamin D levels significantly increase the likelihood that an infected person will develop severe symptoms and complications.

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I'm not a scientist but Chile might implement a carbon tax

Environmental Economics

South Korea delayed a carbon-based tax on vehicle emissions. South Africa put off a planned carbon tax until 2016. And yet, for environmentalists, a sliver of hope exists in the shape of Chile, one of Latin America’s fastest-growing economies, which last month approved the first carbon tax in South America.

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Banana leaves replace plastic packaging in Asian markets

Green Prophet

South Korea recently banned use of disposable plastic bags, requiring supermarkets and other commercial establishments to provide recyclable containers to customers. A Thai supermarket in Chiangmai has devised a brilliant alternative to plastic produce packaging, turning to natural banana leaves and raffia to bundle vegetables. Shoppers immediately responded, posting pictures of the aesthetically pleasing and sustainable wrappers on social media.

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Masdar Unveils Plan for a 100% Renewable Energy Micro-grid

Green Prophet

The Masdar Institute (MI) has teamed up with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) headed by Denmark’s former Prime Minister, and the Research Institute for Industrial Science and Technology (RIST) from South Korea to develop a 100% renewable energy micro-grid in Abu Dhabi.

UN To Create New Panel On Biodiversity

Eco Friendly Daily

In a recent UN meeting in Busan, South Korea, over 230 different delegates from 85 countries agreed to creating such a branch of the UN. Director-general of South Korea’s environment ministry and meeting chairman, Chan-Woo Kim, stated: “The essence of this vision is to ensure environmental sustainability while pursuing development. In 2005, the United Nation’s published their Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

Towards Amsterdam Sharing City – Interview with Pieter van de Glind and Harmen van Sprang

Green (Living) Review

They work together with the city’s Economic Board, among a broad range of other local stakeholders, to make Amsterdam the first official “Sharing City” in Europe, following international examples like Seoul in South Korea and San Francisco in the US ( BayShare ).

Making a little Disco Soup for brunch with leftover food in Lebanon!

Green Prophet

Since the beginning of 2012, the Disco Soup anti-food waste phenomenon has spread to Holland, Belgium, Canada, Israel, Colombia and South Korea, serving thousands of meals to the sound of dance music, sparking creativity, boldness and solidarity amongst people of all origins, ages and social backgrounds. On the occasion of World Food Day, Beirut will play host to the funkiest food salvage event in history: Disco Soup!

The Elusive Goal of Bird-Safe Skyscrapers

10,000 Birds

” That’s because an American architecture firm is planning what’s billed as the “world’s first invisible building” in South Korea. Or perhaps I should say “illusive.” Hat tip to Pat O’Donnell for the story; the image above is by GDS Architects, via CNN.) The skyscraper would apparently be cloaked in LED panels projecting an image of what’s on the other side of the building, for a pretty nifty see-through illusion.

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Asia Worst Hit by Effects of Extreme Weather Events as Climate Changes

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The report titled "Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific" says Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Pakistan face the greatest risk, but Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China and South Korea are also especially vulnerable. Asian countries including Pakistan face the greatest risk from severe climate change, which could force millions of people to flee their homes and trigger environmental migration, according to an Asian Development Bank report.

Home Cooking, Traffic are Sources of Key Air Pollutants from China

Celsias

Örjan Gustafsson and colleagues from China, South Korea and the United States point out in their study that nobody has been certain about the exact sources of soot Almost 80 percent of air pollution involving soot that spreads from China over large areas of East Asia — impacting human health and fostering global warming — comes from city traffic and other forms of fossil-fuel combustion, such as home cooking with coal briquettes.

Captive Shark Hailed as Feminist Hero

Eccorazzi

Last week in a Seoul, South Korea aquarium, a female sand tiger shark ate her male aquarium-mate , a bounded hound shark, after what aquarium officials are calling a “turf war.” Naturally, the internet blew up over this shark who was immediately hailed as a male-hating hero, and tons of people got hype over her “ leaning-in.”

The New Map of Science

Celsias

Today, more nations — from China and India to Singapore, Brazil and South Korea — are taking their place at the high table of research. A fundamental shift is taking place in where science is done and by whom. This week, a special issue of Nature examines how the movement of people and ideas will change how science is done, how it is funded and the questions that it addresses.

Arctic Becomes Navigable By Ships For First Time

Eco Friendly Daily

The ships, both German, took the route during a trip from South Korea to Siberia. However, a trip from South Korea to the Netherlands can now be reduced by 3,500 miles and 10 days of travel by using the Arctic routes. It has long been known that the Northeast Passage in the Arctic was impassable. However, with the decreasing sea ice in the Arctic it is now becoming possible for ships to traverse the area for the first time.

Can You Tell Me How to Get to Guam? Sesame Street Joins USO Tour

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The next stop for the show is overseas in Guam and South Korea, where they will visit next month. Memorial Day has come and gone, but there’s one group that will tirelessly continue on in honoring our troops.

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