Tracking sand and dust storms

Major sand and dust storms have increasingly been appearing in the news, calling international attention to their destructive impacts.

In northern China alone, sand and dust storms caused economic losses of nearly $1 billion between 2010 and 2013.

In 2016, UN Environment and partners published the world’s first global assessment of sand and dust storms. The report describes the sources of dust, outlines key trends, and offers specific policy recommendations. It is meant to lay the scientific foundation for strong policies and effective action on sand and dust storms.

The report can be downloaded here.

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