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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, Volume 14, Issue 11 (November 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Central and Inner Asian deserts contribute 20% of global dust and create a significant health risk [...] Read more. Central and Inner Asian deserts contribute 20% of global dust and create a significant health risk to rural populations. Natural and climatic factors combine with human activities, including agriculture, mining and rapid development, to generate dust and community exposure. Our review highlights the limited knowledge of dust impact on health across the Central Asian steppe and how major environmental changes, such as the drying of the Aral Sea, increase community risk. A case study of mega-mining in Mongolia evaluated the potential dust–health dynamics in the local community. Results showed variable exposure to particulates, suggesting that atmospheric dust from multiple sources may affect human health risk. Greater awareness of dust and future human well-being in Central Asia will require more thorough knowledge on dust emissions in the changing environment. View this paper