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Photo Slideshow: City of Coal on the Inner Mongolia Steppe

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Xilinhot — an Inner Mongolian outpost of 177,000 residents, separated from Beijing by a 12-hour train ride — is at the center of the Xilin Gol Grassland, one of China's largest prairies and livestock production regions. The north's coal mines, trucks, and power plants are representative of the nation's coal dependency, a lifeline with an insatiable thirst for water
Mongolia Slideshow

Energy Economy Brings Change to Shepherd Life: Modernization Comes to the Dry Grasslands of Inner Mongolia

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Along the vast frozen grasslands, 23-year-old Wu Yun and her father, Bao Zhu, tend their flock of sheep and cattle. Just over the ridge, the northern city of Xilinhot is booming as the coal industry continues to expand. But it will take a lot of water to feed both the city and the mining.

Desert’s Stronger Grip Shakes Inner Mongolia

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Circle of Blue revisits seas of dying grass and blowing sand in northern China.

"Reign of Sand" featured in China Environment Series

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Furious dust and sandstorms from Inner Mongolia cripple airports,…
Video: Blackwater: Man Vs. Mill

Video: Blackwater: Man Vs. Mill

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Dianhua Paper Mill discharged wastewater into a lagoon, killing sheep, sickening people, and damaging grasslands.
Video: Desert Overtaking Inner Mongolia

Video: Desert Overtaking Inner Mongolia

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Changes in patterns of precipitation in an already parched region, leading to severe shortages of freshwater.
Video: Reign of Sand

Video: Reign of Sand

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The blowing sand in Inner Mongolia is more evidence of the consequences of the duel China fights as it promotes rapid industrial development.
Video: Looking Out on My Homeland

Video: Looking Out on My Homeland

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Traditional nomadic culture on the steppes of Inner Mongolia was defined by the insistence of wind, herding, and the search for water.

Blackwater: Rare Court Victory in Pollution Case

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Dianhua Paper Mill discharged wastewater into a lagoon, killing sheep, sickening people, and damaging grasslands.

A Track to Modern Nomads

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East Umchjin County, near the border with Mongolia, a place renowned for what Chinese scientists call "typical grasslands.

Drinking Milk Tea

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An Inner Mongolia herder, confined by the government to a small pasture for his animals, is nevertheless more fortunate than some.
The "green wall of China," a barrier of trees planted to try to stop drifting sands on the Inner Mongolia grasslands

A Vast Chinese Grassland, a Way of Life Turns to Dust

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600 miles north of Beijing the whole of the largest contiguous grasslands on Earth opens to the horizon.