At the beginning of 2017 as South Korean air quality continues to decrease, there are much larger issues that the country is more focused on; but should they? As tensions continue to rise between the North and South Korean Peninsula, there is not as much focus placed on other issues that actually are literally taking affect on the peninsula(more in the article). It's almost as if a blind eye is being turned on issues such as Air Pollution within the country considering how drastically the numbers have risen. South Korean air is now the third most unhealthy in the world, and as Government officials in the country have stated in the past that it is China pollutants making their way East to the peninsula; that is incorrect. South Korea's coal industry has sky rocketed as it is the leading energy source that the country utilizes.