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In Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, Increased Mining Activities Raise Pollution Fears – July 1, 2013

Rising water use by industry, deformed livestock births, exacerbate traditional pastoralists’ mistrust of the government

In April this year, two concurrent events were reported from the Dornogobi (East Gobi) province in Mongolia. AREVA, a multinational uranium mining company headquartered in France, announced that its Mongolian subsidiary, Kojegobi LLC, had located an estimated 55,000-ton uranium deposit in the Ulaanbadrakh district. Around the same time, local media reported the strange deaths and deformities of a number of young livestock in the district. 

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Mongolia's mining boom has led to fears among the country's traditional pastoralists about the survival of the unique Gobi grasslands ecosystem and a traditional way of life.

Herders living a few miles from… more

by: Michelle Tolson

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