Mongolian way of life threatened by dramatic climate change

The average annual temperature has risen more in Mongolia than any other place on earth almost, about 4 degrees. The rain patterns have changed. In fact, some 60 to 70 percent of the country is at risk of desertification. If that happens, the country's nomadic herders will have to give up their herds and their traditional way of life.

In Korea, trees planted in Mongolia bring hopes for fewer dust storms

South Korea a few times a year will be wracked with terrible dust storms carried on the jet stream from Mongolia's Gobi Desert. The yellow, talc-like sand is born up by winds and then carried for miles until it causes asthma attacks in Seoul. But Koreans are hoping newly planted trees will help put an end to that.


Weather puts Mongolians in trouble

Thousands of people in Mongolia are struggling to survive after losing much of their livelihood to nature's wrath. The BBC's Chris Hogg reports from one of the worst affected areas in central Mongolia.

Ghost of the Mountain

Author Sy Montgomery joins us to talk about her latest adventures in Mongolia from her new children's book called "Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia."



China's economic rise fuels growth among outdoor pursuits

China has beautiful countryside that has long attracted foreigners. But the country's meteoric economic rise has given its own people more time for their own outdoor and leisurely pursuits. The problem, though, is that all of the additional tourists and hikers are putting a strain on the environment.


Teenage Rider Wins Mongol Derby

Nineteen-year-old Lara Prior-Palmer decided that she wanted to spend her summer break a little differently. So, she embarked on a 1,000 km horse race across Mongolia. She won.


What deteriorating air quality looks like around the world

The Chinese government announced Monday that it plans to take more than five million vehicles off the road to improve air quality, including 330,000 cars in Beijing. This announcement comes only weeks after the World Health Organization announced that only 12 percent of cities reporting on air quality meet their standards for safe levels. With the help of our newsroom designers, we put together a list of places recently affected by deteriorating air quality and incidents of smog.