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Bear Bile Industry Reportedly Shrinking in South Korea, but China Market Stays Strong

Is the often-illegal market for bear gall bladders and bile for use in traditional Asian medicine starting to shrink? Yes and no and maybe. At least 1,000 Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus) and sun bears (Helarctos malayanus) live in tiny, cramped cages in South Korea, where they are farmed for their gall bladders, which can sell [...]

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South Korea Seeks to Protect Endangered Species in Demilitarized Zone

Amur Leopard

South Korea has filed an application with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to turn a portion of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea into what is known as a biosphere reserve, an internationally recognized conservation site with a focus on sustainable development. There are currently 580 other UNESCO [...]

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Cyber Attack Takes Down Computers in South Korea, Motives and Culprit Unclear

The cyber attacks against several South Korean television stations, banks and insurance firms on Wednesday may not have been crippling or widespread, but their timing further fuels concerns over who is launching such attacks, what constitutes “cyber warfare” and how should countries react to such online aggression. The malicious software—or malware—used in the attack interferes [...]

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