Asian dust storms' intensity, scale grow


  • Judith Jacobs


Large-scale, destructive dust and sand storms that originate in the dry regions of northern China and Mongolia are plaguing the Korean peninsula, Japan, and other parts of northeast Asia nearly five times more frequently than in the 1950s, participants in a meeting sponsored by the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) learned on 30 March.

Korean scientists at the meeting said they are concerned that the sand and dust are binding with man-made airborne pollutants such as soot to form atmospheric “brown clouds.”