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Increase in Sand and Dust Storms Worldwide, says United Nations

Berlin: According to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), sand and dust storms are occurring “dramatically” at various locations worldwide, with at least a quarter (25%) of these storms being caused by human activities.

Executive Secretary of UNCCD, Ibrahim Thiaw, stated “The sight of rolling dark clouds of sand and dust engulfing everything in their path and turning day into night is one of nature’s most intimidating spectacles. It is a costly phenomenon that wreaks havoc everywhere from Northern and Central Asia to sub-Saharan Africa.”

“Sand and dust storms present a formidable challenge to achieving sustainable development. However, just as sand and dust storms are exacerbated by human activities, they can also be reduced through human actions,”  he added.

Thiaw emphasized that sand and dust storms pose a formidable challenge to sustainable development. However, just as there has been an increase in these storms due to human activities, they can also be reduced through human actions.

According to experts at UNCCD, while sand and dust storms are a natural and seasonal phenomenon in some regions, the issue has escalated due to poor land and water management, droughts, and climate change.

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