26 Aug '11, 8pm

Mongolia - a laboratory for climate change - Earth Times

Mongolia - a laboratory for climate change - Earth Times

The Mongolian people are primarily nomadic, living in gers (we might call them yurts, but this is incorrect, being the Russian word) and moving around with their herds of sheep and goats. It is a tough life, but in order to survive, people need to be in touch with the natural world much more than urban dwellers, and the climate, particularly in winter, has a big effect on where they move their herds to, and of course, harsh winters can be difficult to survive. Records show there has been a dramatic warming of over 2 degrees Celsius during the past 70 years in Mongolia. The ground is drier, grass is not growing as richly, rivers and streams are drying up. Dr Goulden suggested that the most plausible explanation for this phenomenon is that the warming temperature has reduced the snow in winter and that has produced a feedback effect - less snow to reflect the sun means more ...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/climate/mongolia-laboratory-cli...

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