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Climate change in Mongolia disturbing Herder families

Tanzim Taqrim

Temperatures in Mongolia have increased three times faster than the global average. Recently, the country’s glaciers have lost up to 33% of their ice and 70% of the country’s land is considered degraded. The reason Mongolia is sensitive to climate change is it’s located at sea levels and is geographically distinct because of its high mountain ranges. This year’s summer was the country’s hottest season in 56 years. 25% of the country has turned into desert and 75% of Mongolia is affected by drought. Last winter UN mobilized $1.1 million to support 3500 vulnerable herder families. But they are moving to the city because the rising temperature is still harming the people. Recently, 50% of the country’s population lives in Ulaanbadar the capital and many are without sanitation or heating. Those who are added to the city’s population are burning coal in stoves to keep themselves warm. Ulaanbadar’s pollution levels are 34 times the World Health Organization’s (WHO) safe limit.

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