09 Mar '12, 5pm

Planting Trees in the Mongolian Desert to Fight Dangerous Dust Storms in Seoul

Planting Trees in the Mongolian Desert to Fight Dangerous Dust Storms in Seoul

Honza Soukup /CC BY 2.0 . The Gobi desert in Mongolia. It's not quite the proverbial butterfly flapping its wings creating a hurricane across the world, but desertification in Mongolia is generating dangerous dust storms thousands of miles away. Former South Korean Ambassador to China Kwon Byong Hyon made the connection more than a decade ago, and has helped spearhead an effort since then to plant trees in Mongolia, hoping to improve both the lives of nomadic desert herders there and the air quality his own children are exposed to back home in Seoul. Dust Storms More Frequent, Intense "Intense dust storms have blown across Korea throughout recorded history, but their frequency and intensity have increased in recent decades," PRI journalist Daniel Grossman reported recently for The World , profiling Kwon's "crusade to combat the yellow clouds at their source, hundred of mil...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/planting-trees...

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