20 Aug '12, 12pm

How will global warming affect Asia’s life-giving monsoons? @larsonchristina reports from #Mongolia

Gauging the Impact of Warming On Asia’s Life-Giving Monsoons In Mongolia, U.S. scientists are studying climate clues in ancient tree rings to help answer a crucial question: How will global warming affect Asia’s monsoon rains, which supply water for agriculture and drinking to half the world’s population? by christina larson Bouncing along bad roads in a jeep through central Mongolia, with bright blue skies and high clouds overhead, we drive for miles through a treeless landscape, passing only dry grasslands dotted with cattle and white yurts. But as we head north — myself, two U.S. scientists, and one Mongolian forestry expert — we begin to notice Siberian pine and larch growing on the northern slopes of rolling hills, but not the southern slopes, and at some elevations, but not others. In water-scarce Mongolia, as my travel companion Neil Pederson of Columbia University’...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/gauging_impact_of_global_war...

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