Seeking Cures for North Korea's Environmental Ills

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Science  23 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6075, pp. 1425-1426
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6075.1425

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A landmark seminar on ecological restoration in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, Science's publisher), brought together 85 North Koreans and 14 experts from eight other countries to take stock of DPRK's ecological misery, share ideas on how to restore its ecosystems, and improve the country's food security. In a boost for Korean scientists, it was the first international conference in DPRK since Kim Jong Un took power in December. Bringing North Korea's environment back into equilibrium will be a monumental challenge. And securing help from outside could become more difficult, thanks to growing political tensions.