When the once green grass withers away

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Mongolia’s Khalkha nomads are facing the alarming impacts of climate change. The country in Central Asia is particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming, threatening its unique ecosystem and traditional nomadic way of life. How can they survive and at what cost?

Mongolia  – Research shows that temperatures here are rising up to twice faster than the global average. The warming is already more than 2.5 degrees Celsius. Mongolia is therefore one of the fastest warming countries in the world. More than two-thirds of

the country already faces severe desertification and land degradation. Chantsaa Bat-Ochir, Khalkha-nomad from Mongolia: “We have abused and exploited nature for years. Now she is hitting back hard and turning against us.”

Images: Nicole Franken – Text: Yvonne Dudock

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