Mongolian mining hurting Mother Nature

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Mine chinoise à la frontière de la Mongolie©FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP

MINING in southern Mongolia is threatening the livelihoods of herders and straining water supplies, as foreign companies – including Australia’s Rio Tinto – race to exploit the country’s rich mineral deposits.

Mongolia has opened up it vast reserves of natural resources to foreign investors in the hope of pulling thousands out of poverty, but activist groups say herders, townspeople and the environment are paying a heavy price.

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