30 Mar '12, 5pm

Q and A: North Korea's Choked Environment

Associated Press A communal farm near Suriwon, North Korea. Although it remains one of the world’s most implacably closed societies, North Korea has become more open to gingerly discussing its environmental problems in recent years in the hope of finding solutions. The country’s current environmental crisis began in the 1950s during the Korean War, when forest fires swept through the country. Although reforestation efforts were made afterward, widespread famine in the 1990s led people to harvest recovering forests for fuel and food. This denuding of the landscape has led to desertification, soil erosion, nutrient depletion and epidemics of pests that further contribute to the country’s food insecurity. This month North Korea invited 14 scientists from eight countries to take part in an unprecedented conference in Pyongyang, the capital, to assess the state of the country’s...

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