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City May Face Bigger Sandstorm Threat

SHANGHAI is likely to be hit by haze and sandstorms more frequently in the future, an environment expert said.

Zhuang Guoshun, professor of the Department of Environment Science & Engineering at Fudan University, said the pattern of sandstorms has changed in recent years and that the impact on southern areas, including Shanghai, was underestimated.

Generally, sandstorms occur in northern China and move out to the Pacific Ocean. Thus, central and southwest China are usually not affected, Zhuang said. However, recent records show that central and southwest China are also hit by sandstorms and that this area could expand, Zhuang said.


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