Climate change is one of the biggest problems plaguing the world today, and Korea is no exception. Worse, the country has ranked low in terms of its efforts to tackle climate change, according to the Climate Change Performance Index of 2016. As a result, there have been some changes in the country’s ecosystems. According to the Korea National Park Service, the average annual temperature of Hongdo Island has increased from 13.8 degrees Celsius in the 1970s to 14.8 degrees Celsius in the 2010s, quickening the breeding period of black-tailed gulls, which are known to mainly reside on the island, by 10 days. Moreover, Benghal dayflowers, which are known to only exist on Jeju Island, were also found on Hongdo Island last year.
Yejin Hwang Staff Reporter
1. What was revealed about Korea from the Climate Change Performance Index of 2016?
2. What is the average annual temperature of Hongdo Island in the 2010s?
3. Which island did Benghal dayflowers exclusively exist on?
1. Why do you think Korea has such a low effort level for tackling climate change issues?
2. What are some problems that could come from the sped up breeding period of black-tailed gulls?
3. Do you think people should be worried about Benghal dayflowers being found on Hongdo Island?
4. Do you think Korea should put more effort into fighting climate change?