Planting trees in the Mongolian Desert to fight dangerous dust storms in Seoul

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A nomadic family outside their ‘ger’ (yurt) in the Gobi desert near Choir, Mongolia.

It’s not quite the proverbial butterfly flapping its wings creating a hurricane across the world, but desertification in Mongolia is generating dangerous dust storms thousands of miles away.

Former South Korean Ambassador to China Kwon Byong Hyon made the connection more than a decade ago, and has helped spearhead an effort since then to plant trees in Mongolia, hoping to improve both the lives of nomadic desert herders there and the air quality his own children are exposed to back home in Seoul…

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