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Korea to launch world's first satellite monitoring climate change

Korea will start a new system in 2018 to monitor environmental conditions by launching the world’s first satellite for monitoring climate change over the Korean Peninsula.

The Environment Ministry and the National Institute of Environment Research said Monday in a statement, “We have recently begun to develop an earth environment satellite to monitor climate change and air pollution in Northeast Asia.”

The ministry said the U.S. and Europe observe air pollution and global warming via a low-earth orbit satellite. It floats about 700 kilometers above the Earth’s surface and its orbit crosses the Arctic and the Antarctic. Therefore, it can seamlessly monitor air pollution in a region and its movement as well as climate change patterns.

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Source: The Dong-A Ilbo