Dust storms have doubled in frequency in the US since the 1990’s.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) links the rise in ocean temperatures to an increased number of dust storms in the southwestern US. Why? The rising temperatures in the Pacific Ocean produce strong winds across this area, drying out the soils.
This dust can remain in the air for days and even travel across the country.
Dust storms have an impact on human health, especially for people with respiratory problems.
Dust in the air also leads to reduced visibility for car drivers and airplane pilots. And it may even cause mechanical problems when flying airplanes.
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Source: The Carbon Almanac Footnotes