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Iraq faces an increasing number of severe dust storms

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a severe dust storm in Iraq. Dust storms are most common in this region in the late spring and summer, triggered by seasonal winds such as the “shamal” that blows … Continue reading

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Schools Shut in Tehran Due to Air Pollution

The province of Tehran’s local officials made a belated decision to close kindergartens and elementary schools on Sunday morning to protect children from a thick smog of pollution hanging in the air.   “High school students should be prevented from … Continue reading

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Dust storm from Balochistan causes haze over Mumbai, air quality drops to ‘severe’

As per IMD reports, a dust storm originating in the Gulf area and Karachi, Pakistan, towards Rajasthan and neighboring Gujarat, coupled with warmer temperatures in areas along the Arabian sea including Mumbai has led to sand particles entering and polluting … Continue reading

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UTEP study: El Paso hospitalizations increased after heavy dust days

High winds carrying dust across the Borderland is a common occurrence in the Chihuahua Desert. But what some might pass off as a temporary inconvenience could have long-term health consequences, a recent study found.  A journal article published in “atmosphere” found a correlation … Continue reading

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Dust storm moves into Israel bringing high levels of air pollution 

The Environment Protection Ministry said on Tuesday that air pollution levels in Israel were high due to a dust storm that moved into the region from the east. The Ministry recommended that people with breathing conditions, the elderly, children, and … Continue reading

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UAE questions damning World Bank report into air quality

The Ministry of Environment and Water has said his department is in contact with the World Bank over its report that said the UAE has the worst air pollution in the world. The recently-published World Bank’s The Little Green Data … Continue reading

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Dust pollution shuts down major cities in Iran

Eleven cities in Iran’s southwest Khouzestan province have shut down offices and schools over excessive dust particles in the air. Iranians tweeted pictures of buildings and streets covered with dust with the hashtag #Khouzestancantbreath while officials and politicians used the … Continue reading

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Epic Sandstorm Suffocates Middle East

For the third day in a row, the Middle East awoke Wednesday to the wind whipping and sand flying. And it’s only getting worse. A massive dust belt is moving from the Sahara Desert all the way up to Turkey, … Continue reading

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