NASA SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE WILL CAUSE MORE DUST STORMS
Climate change will drive more frequent and intense dust storms off Africa, according to a new study done by NASA.
Some 60 million tons of the Sahara’s nutrient-laden mineral dust lofts into the atmosphere annually, NASA says, creating a massive layer of hot, dusty air that whisks across the Atlantic Ocean.
Bing Pu, lead author of the NASA study, says climate change will make dust storms more frequent and intense.
Higher temperatures will bring more dry air and less vegetation to the Sahara, providing more loose, dusty material to be picked up by winds.