(Yicai Global) June 12 -- A South Korean smog think tank has requested the nation's government to fight a common notion which maintains that most of the country's air pollution originates from China.
The South Korean government should provide the nation's citizens with correct information based on scientific statistics in order to avoid misunderstandings, Global Times reported, citing a report from the National Climate and Environment Conference on Smog Treatment.
Air pollutants from China account for a number between 20 percent and 50 percent of South Korea's PM2.5 volume instead of the 83 percent that many South Koreans believe, the report added. Domestic power generation methods and emissions from diesel engines are other major causes of haze.
The administration could learn from China's experience of smog treatment and enhance cooperation with northeastern Asian countries, the agency added.
Pollutants from various countries travel and mix so securing air quality requires joint efforts, Wang Gengchen, a researcher at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told Global Times. Fine dust may also drift from Japan, Russia and Europe to China, he added.
The consensus of the scientific community is that South Korea's air quality is determined by local emissions and weather conditions, Wang concluded.
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