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Well, this doesn't interest most people, but since some are posting stuff more locally confined than this, here you go:

In Cyprus there has been a lot of dust/sand in the atmosphere since Monday afternoon, and other than being simply annoying, as it forces people to close their windows, there is also the extra risk for weak groups of the population.
The Ministry of Work of Cyprus posted this announcement (sorry that it's in Greek - I tried to find an english version, but this particular document appears to not have been translated in english, so I'll give you the basic points, and you can use google translate to read it for yourselves), which basically says that the concetration of breathable dust particles in the atmosphere has become very high as to be a health risk, and so the weak groups (children, sick and aged people) should try to avoid being outside and everyone working outside (such as those who wear the characteristical helmets that have lately become an avatar fashion in the forum) should take some protection measures.
Also, apparently Cyprus is but one of the countries that have been affected by this, as attested in an email announcement from a medical association I received from an aquaintance of mine:

"From: International SOS Medical Advisories

Medical Multi-country Alerts: On Our Radar - health risks associated with sandstorm
Air quality in the western part of the Middle East region has been affected by an unseasonal sandstorm, leading to an increase in the number of people experiencing breathing problems. Many have been hospitalised and several deaths have been attributed to the poor air quality. To reduce the risk of potential health problems, authorities have advised people particularly those suffering from respiratory or cardiac illnesses to reduce the time spent and physical activity undertaken outdoors. Although Syria is most affected, other impacted countries include parts of Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon.
Prevention
Follow the advice of authorities. Until air quality improves, minimise time and reduce physical activity outdoors. Use masks if you have to venture outdoors."

So yeah, whoever lives in these countries should take the aforementioned measures....

Another link: http://www.airquality.dli.mlsi.gov.cy/ Statistics on the current air quality of Cyprus
Post edited September 09, 2015 by Treasure
aliens
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Crosmando: aliens
Could be, if those aliens manipulated the weather in such a way as to raise a whole lot of dust/sand. :P
Seriously though, another aquaintance of mine is of the opinion that the Americans or something must have dropped a bomb on Syria (because of Isis and stuff), and this bomb raised all this dust. I personally do not believe this theory, but this one is way more plausible than the aliens thingy...
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Crosmando: aliens
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Treasure: Seriously though, another aquaintance of mine is of the opinion that the Americans or something must have dropped a bomb on Syria (because of Isis and stuff), and this bomb raised all this dust.
Ask him if he was abducted by aliens.. :P

Two interesting articles:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_storm
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_Bowl
Migrants are wilfully turning into powder, drifting across the sea on the wind, and re-constituting themselves when safely over the border.
We got it in Israel as well, very yucky.
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Crosmando: aliens
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Treasure: Could be, if those aliens manipulated the weather in such a way as to raise a whole lot of dust/sand. :P
Seriously though, another aquaintance of mine is of the opinion that the Americans or something must have dropped a bomb on Syria (because of Isis and stuff), and this bomb raised all this dust. I personally do not believe this theory, but this one is way more plausible than the aliens thingy...
One speculation I've read is that the sand storm is result of the Syrian civil war that cause the abandment of agriculture and thus cause desertification of the land.
Remember not to use computers either, they suck all that shit in and you have to clean them afterwards.

Anyway, listen to this while you wait for the air to clear up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJrVZCbKxsE

(Here's the higher-quality version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esMnme69t2M )
Post edited September 09, 2015 by timppu
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timppu: Remember not to use computers either, they suck all that shit in and you have to clean them afterwards.

Anyway, listen to this while you wait for the air to clear up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJrVZCbKxsE

(Here's the higher-quality version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esMnme69t2M )
This made my dog go completely nuts. Thanks for the laugh!