Story Publication logo June 29, 2009

The Black Disaster

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Desertification is one of the most important environmental challenges facing the world today...

The Inner Mongolian grasslands in northern China were once a place of traditional, nomadic life where groups of farmers were free to roam the vast expanses of grassland. This type of life rapidly disappeared in the 1980's when new regulations forced the settling of nomadic farmers into fixed, allocated farms. As farmers have been forced to graze their cattle on the same pieces of land, severe degradation of the grasslands has started to appear as overgrazing becomes a severe problem. Now, new regulations aimed at combating overgrazing by restricting the purchasing of new cattle and stopping grazing, are strangling the people that are left on these great grasslands.

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