Earth's atmosphere far dustier than previously believed

Dust is a key component of Earth's climate system. When it interacts with clouds, oceans and the sun's radiation, it has an overall impact on our planet's living systems, affecting everything from weather and rainfall to ...

How planets may form after dust sticks together

Scientists may have figured out how dust particles can stick together to form planets, according to a Rutgers co-authored study that may also help to improve industrial processes.

S. Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution

South Korea will suspend up to a quarter of its coal-fired power plants in the next three months, even as demand for electricity peaks during the bitter winter, as it seeks to tackle air pollution, Seoul said Thursday.

New study reveals Ulsan is exposed to yearlong toxic fine dust

A new study, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) offers decisive proof that South Korea's Ulsan city is affected by toxic substances contained in fine dust particles, regardless ...

Researchers study particulate matter in air samples

Current legal limits for fine dust in the air are based on the mass and size of the particles. For health effects, however, not only the amount of dust is decisive, but also its chemical composition. Empa researchers have ...

Airborne dust threatens human health in Southwest

In 1935, at the height of the Dust Bowl, a team of researchers from the Kansas Board of Health set out to understand the impact of dust on human health. In areas impacted by dust storms, the researchers documented an increase ...

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