mandag 22. november 2021

Sustainability and Survival: North Korea’s Struggle With Climate Change

North Korea is at a crossroads. Its already weak economy continues to suffer as a result of the ongoing pandemic even while natural disasters wreak havoc throughout the country. Severe rains and flooding over the past year have forced Pyongyang to take a stronger stance on climate change and adopt a range of environmental policies for the sake of the country’s future. Although a step in the right direction, it remains to be seen whether the North Korean government can live up to its promises of a greener future.

In 2020 alone, four powerful typhoons battered North Korea in quick succession in the summer months, resulting in serious damage to homes, infrastructure, and agricultural land. North Korea’s Kangwon, North Hwanghae, South Hwanghae, North Pyongan, and South Pyongan provinces were particularly affected – three of which are considered the country’s breadbasket and provide more than half of the country’s rice and crop production.