11 Facts About Asian dust


Fine Asian dust particles are small enough to penetrate deep into the lung alveoli.

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Ultrafine Asian dust particles are so small that they penetrate into the blood or lymphatic system through the lungs.

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Main cause of yellow Asian dust is desertification of northern China, Mongolia, and Central Asia.

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The origins of Asian dust are mostly located in developing countries; thus, most of these countries are undergoing rapid population growth.

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Many studies have found Asian dust to have negative effect on respiratory function and increase the occurrence of respiratory disease.

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Areas affected by the Asian dust experience decreased visibility and the Asian dust is known to cause a variety of health problems, including sore throat and asthma in otherwise healthy people.

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The Asian dust has been shown to increase the daily mortality rate in one affected region by 1.

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Since children are among the most vulnerable to fine Asian dust particles, affected countries have come up with measures to minimize the detrimental effects on children; in 2017, South Korea's Ministry of Education have required all primary to high schools to create indoor spaces for sports and outdoor activities.

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However, a research study estimated the total socio-economic cost of yellow Asian dust using techniques including input-output analysis, integration of environmental-economic evaluation technique, contingent valuation method, etc.

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Policy choices that favor rapid industrialization and deforestation in China, Mongolia, and other Central Asian regions impose social costs on Eastern countries, such as Korea, Japan, and Russia in the Far East.

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Yellow Asian dust has been a source of international conflict between the Chinese and Korean governments.

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