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Environ Monit Assess. 2006 Mar;114(1-3):447-60. Epub 2006 Mar 29.

Dust storms are an indication of an unhealthy environment in East Asia.

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  • 1Extraordinary Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Mongolia to Japan, Tokyo.


Dust storms frequently occur in Mongolia and in northern China. Each year there are 30 to 120 dusty days in source regions of Mongolia and 14-20 dusty days on the Korean Peninsula. Intense sand storms and associated dust falls produce environmental impacts in East Asia. This paper discusses the environmental degradation in Mongolia and the social, economic and atmospheric impacts of dust storms in the sink area. The impact of dust storms on environmental compartments as well as their direct and indirect consequences to basic resources like water and energy demand and supply is explained. Governments are encouraged to take appropriate action in specified regions. For monitoring dust storms there is a need for international cooperation to combat growing environmental and human security concerns.

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