sanluisobispo---Copy.png
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Environment and Energy

Issues & Ideas: Tackling air pollution in Mongolia

A view of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and the ger areas that surround it. When newcomers migrate to the capital they often bring their traditional tents or gers with them.
Credit Katya Cengel
/
A view of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and the ger areas that surround it. When newcomers migrate to the capital they often bring their traditional tents or gers with them.

Cal Poly Adjunct Professor, Katya Cengel reports from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia--long known as the land of the eternal blue sky, but rapid urban migration is changing that.

The once nomadic population increasingly  now lives in cities with approximately 45 percent of the population, or one million people, living in the capital of Ulaanbaatar. 

The majority of them, 60 percent, live in ger areas that often lack basic services such as sewer systems, running water and trash collection.

The coal that area residents burn to warm their homes is the main cause of winter air pollution that now rivals Beijing’s.

A view of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and the ger areas that surround it. When newcomers migrate to the capital they often bring their traditional tents or gers with them.
Credit Katya Cengel
/
A view of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and the ger areas that surround it. When newcomers migrate to the capital they often bring their traditional tents or gers with them.

Among those trying to improve the situation in ger areas are residents themselves who are trying to redesign the traditional Mongolian tent or ger to be more environmentally friendly while also keeping alive Mongolian traditions.

Read more about the work being done in Mongolia to combat air pollution on KatyaCengel's NPR "Goats And Soda"  post: 

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/03/04/589271101/to-fight-pollution-hes-reinventing-the-mongolian-tent

Cal Poly State University Adjunct Professor Katya Cengel is the author of the upcoming Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back. Cengel reported from Mongolia on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project (IRP). You can find her on twitter @kcengel

wilmer-1_2_0.png

You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR Podcast travel show Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer via: 

Apple Podcast

NPR.ORG Podcast Directory

NPR One (APP)

Stitcher.com

Twitter: TomCWilmer

Instagram: Thomas.Wilmer

Culture Editor @360magazine

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer winner of the Lowell Thomas Award 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013
Credit SATW Foundation
/
Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer winner of the Lowell Thomas Award 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013