Is South Korea more green than their Northern neighbors?



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    Yes. North Korea, one of the most bizarre and certainly the most politically and culturally isolated nation on Earth, has a vast array of environmental problems, most of them stemming from that isolation and the resulting poverty of its population. South Korea, a major industrialized nation, has its problems too; acid rain, drift net fishing, greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution are all issues, but in my view they’re nothing compared to the North’s epic problems. North Korea is being deforested at a ferocious rate, due in part to its starving population desperately trying to grow more food to feed themselves, and the related problem of cutting down trees for fuel because many communities have no power. South Korea’s forests, by contrast, have rebounded since the 1970s. North Korea has virtually no clean industries, and its already antiquated infrastructure is decaying rapidly. Where toxic pesticides such as DDT and other archaic substances were long-ago banned in other more advanced countries, they’re still producing them in North Korea. Furthermore, making headway on these issues is very difficult. The stone-age Communist ideology of the North Korean government is so rigid and distrustful that it’s not as if they’re about to let volunteers from the World Wildlife Fund in to conserve their endangered species, or invite silviculturalists from the USA and Europe to teach them how to adopt sustainable forest practices. Like almost everything else, these problems will have to wait for resolution until such time as the North Korean government either begins to engage with the world community, thus restoring its economic lifeline, or else the government is replaced by another one more willing to address its problems.

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