Heavy Costs of Growth in Inner Mongolia

Martin Patience at BBC News reports that a resource boom in Inner Mongolia has brought pollution, scarred the grasslands, and threatened the nomadic lifestyle of its people:

Occupying 12% of the country’s land mass, Inner Mongolia is rich in resources – coal, gas, rare earth metals – which are being mined to fuel China’s breakneck economic growth.

The region now accounts for a quarter of domestic coal production.

But the huge mining projects have scarred the landscape and brought pollution to a once pristine region. Mongols say that mining, along with desertification, is ruining their grasslands. [Source]

February 6, 2014 7:59 PM
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