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Environmental Risk Communication Policy: Focusing on the risk of climate change

                                                                         Writing. Seungjun Lee, Yungwook Kim

  Due to the recent changes in the environment, various environmental risks have now become routine in our daily lives. As the environmental issues become more complex and information channels are diversified, laypeople’s perception of environmental risks in modern society is subjective and differs from individual to individual to a large extent. Based on the subjective nature of the risk, it has become an essential aspect of the policy process to identify risk perception of laypeople and formulate the adequate means of communication to improve the acceptability of the risk policies, while at the same time, raising the awareness and inducing the conducts of laypeople.

  To this end, two recent perception-based studies on climate change risk communication strategy have been reviewed to provide key suggestions for environmental risk communication policies, including enhancing perception analysis research, increasing awareness of scientific uncertainty, reducing psychological distance, improving selfefficacy, and improving accuracy of information.

[Vol.8 No.1] Construction of a Historical Map Database as a Basis for Analyzing Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes, Exemplified by the Korean Demilitarized Zone and Inner-German Green Belt (Part 1)

                                                                        Writing. Oh Seok Kim and Marco Neubert

 The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) has attracted global attention due to its unique history of human and natural interaction. Various cities and counties used to inhabit the DMZ, some of them fairly well developed and populous. However, after the Korean War, when the region became a no-man’s land, it turned into an important refuge for flora and fauna.

 By studying such a rare transitional site of human–nature interaction such as the DMZ, researchers have the opportunity to explore how humans and nature can coexist in a sustainable way. In short, the DMZ is a living laboratory for sustainability science.

[Vol.8 No.2] An Analysis on the Transboundary Movements of Wastes and their Effect on Korea

 Writing. Munsol Ju, Sang Cheol Shin, Dong Zhan Feng, Min Ji Kwon, Min Gi Chae.

 Since January 2018, ‘National Sword’ policy of China, which contains strict restrictions on the import of plastic waste, has been implemented and it made huge impacts on plastic recycling systems on a worldwide level. This research was conducted to analyze the global plastic waste flow changes and to investi\-gate the responses in major nations.

[Vol.8 No.3] Research on the Reduction of PM and GHG from Ground Freight Transportation

 Writing. Jin Seok Hahn, Seung Min Lee, Ye Min Jung, Min Cheol Park, Soo Hyun Kim

 In the transportation sector, the proliferation of zero-emission vehicles is the current trend. In the passenger vehicle market, the popularization of zero-emission cars is being pursued, and in the commercial vehicle market, the development of zero-emission trucks is actively in progress.
 This research is particularly focusing on diesel freight trucks, which produce more pollutants, such as PM and GHG, among domestic ground freight transportation.

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