Dust FAQs:

Q: Is dust considered an aerosol and once in the atmosphere?

A: Yes, and it can produce strong local radiative forcing.

Q: Is dust widely present in space?

A: Yes, where gas and dust clouds are primary precursors for planetary systems.

Q: Is dust dispersed within the air in a given area?

A: Yes, and in very rare circumstances, it can create an explosion hazard under certain circumstances.

Q: Is dust a significant source contributing to the generation and release of particulate matter into the atmosphere?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dust widely present in the galaxy?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dust already affecting more than 5 million people directly?

A: Yes, and has emerged as a serious government issue in recent years.

Q: Is dust responsible for the lung disease known as pneumoconiosis?

A: Yes, and including black lung disease that occurs among coal miners.

Q: Is dust found between the stars?

A: Yes, and high concentrations produce diffuse nebulae and reflection nebulae.

Q: Is dust a significant challenge in urban areas?

A: Yes, and also in other locations with high levels of vehicular traffic upon unsealed roads, such as mines and landfill dumps.