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Ulaanbaatar- Mongolias capital under pressure
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In this video we see how many have had to migrate to the capital city of Mongolia in order to survive. These nomadic people lose their cattle in cold environments and their lands as well. By moving to the capital they are subject to spending a lot of time trying to make ends meet and assimilating in their new homes. Many are helped by the local Red Cross. As the climate continues tthere ate the nomadic existence and population increases in thcities, we might see a growth in poverty and change in living complexes. The government already frs there is not enough land and buildings are not made to hold so many families. - M. carvajal

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A research on the social, political, economic and enviromental issues that affect the country and its citizens. (For a reasearch project in Geo 400)
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Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

Driving downtown Ulaanbaatar Mongolia see my other videos of more Mongolia
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A video of the city of Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. You can see there is traffic there and the different kinds of buildings plus you can also see how gloomy the day is. Thought it was a pretty good video to see what it looks like today instead of reading articles about it. - M. Carvajal

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Globalization Comes to Mongolia

Globalization Comes to Mongolia | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
It has been 20 years since I've been in Mongolia, the large country of high desert plains sandwiched between China and Russia, and a lot has changed. Some of it is for the better, a lot of it for the worse.
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this article is very interesting...it gives a look into a persons experience in Mongolia after quite some time of having visted. He speaks about how the city is now overpopulated and you can smell burning tires coming from each district. He does emphasize that there is little to no regard for the proper architecture of new apartments that have been built everywhere. He spoe of how he saw an increase in technology more specifically cellphones. The use of cell phones in rural areas were used to track goats down and in the city to communicate with family and friends. Students in unviersites all had computers and were connected to scoial media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Many monasteries have been created and music is more diverse then ever. There is still the downside to corruption and as usual the lack of government taking action on the enviromental issues at hand. - M. Carvajal. 

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South Hangay Province Journal - Winter Leaves Mongolians a Harvest of Carcasses - NYTimes.com

South Hangay Province Journal - Winter Leaves Mongolians a Harvest of Carcasses - NYTimes.com | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
Cold and drought have ravaged Mongolian grasslands, killing millions of livestock and the country’s economy.
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This article further emphasizes how herders in rural country areas of Mongolia have lost their cattle to harsh winters. Many depend on their cattle for food and trade. The winters in Mongolia gran reach temperatures to forty below zero and there is not enough room in warm buildings created by these herders to save all the livestock they own. It's interesting how a product of Cashmere has increased the livestock population in Mongolia over the past feW years. Now, the government has to find new ways to control it. People are devastacted by their losses and blame the climate for it. Summers are no longer producing enough rains to sustain enough wildlife nor giving the land what it needs to be able to crop in it. - M. Carvajal

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Ulaanbaatar’s Last Green Spaces 
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A University's Mission: Preparing Mongolia for the Future

Isolated for decades, Mongolia is now seeing breakneck economic growth.
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It is very interesting that the Universities will now teach students early on about degredation and health issues in Mongolia. Now only this but it will business issues as well and it will train the students on how to think logically when dealing with the economy. It will train them to speak English and provide them with the oppourtunity to receive a bachelors or mba if they decide to continue. This is good because it will increase the amount of intellectuals within the country that may see opportunities that others have missed. - M. Carvajal

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Answer to Mongolia pollution is blowing in the wind

Answer to Mongolia pollution is blowing in the wind | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
Mongolia's economic boom has been built on the vast coal reserves that lie under its seemingly endless steppes, but it is turning to wind to power itself and fight the pollution that chokes Ulan Bator.

Via Romain Garcia
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A very interesting article and picture of the pollution over Ulan Bator and how it is a deeper issue then what the government originlly thought. It goes beyond peole burning coal in their homes, trash on the street or using diesel fules that have been banned. With the new anti-pollution policies that they are trying to place to clear the air, eventually it will happen. For now, it is too thick and the effort is not enogh to clear it quickly. - M. Carvajal

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In pictures: Scenes from Mongolia

In pictures: Scenes from Mongolia | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
The resource-heavy central Asian nation is in the spotlight as parliamentary election exposes corruption allegations.
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Some touching scenes from Mongolia. Critics ask how country so full of natural resources can be so high in poverty rates. - M. Carvajal

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National Committee for Reducing Air Pollution Convenes | Ubpost News

National Committee for Reducing Air Pollution Convenes | Ubpost News | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
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Since we have seen that brown coal was used as a way to maintain heat in the households of Mongolia, this act of government to bring in stoves from Canada is great. The reduction in price for households to afford them gives incentive to want to purchase one. Not only this but it will maintain heat in the households, it will be more safe for health purposes and it will end some of the pollution that is created by the burning of the brown coals. This should not only be for one district but the nation as a whole. Hopefully they will find a way to market these stoves to the rest of the country. - M. Carvajal

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The fuel import price will be negotiated at the Russia-Mongolia Intergovernmental Committee meeting in Ulaanbaatar : InfoMongolia.com : News and information about Mongolia, Mongolian language lessons

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Daily News and Information about Mongolia in English, Data and Statistics, Maps, Photos and Mongolian language lessons, On-line courses
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I believe that this is something to watch out for since Russia has not had ussies with mongolia recently. This may be a start of new economic relations with neighboring countries for Mongolia. If they are able to sustain an agreement with these countries, then we might see an increase in economy for the country after all instead of depending solely on the mining industry. - M. Carvajal

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Mongolia learning from Aus how to make most of mining boom

Mongolia learning from Aus how to make most of mining boom | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
AS IT prepares to face the corporate hordes keen for its minerals, Mongolian government officials have headed for Australia to learn how to make the most of it.
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If the Rio Tinto agreement does go through then Mongolia must have its officials educated on texes and revenue management. It is interesting that out of all the countries with mning history, they chose Australia to be the one they learned from. Will this bring a connection between Australia and Mongolia in the future? - M. Carvajal

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Chính's news: For Mongolia, China's too close for comfort

Chính's news: For Mongolia, China's too close for comfort | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
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It seems as though China's presence in the countries that surrounds it starts a commotion everytime. There is the issue of China trying to expand into the South China Sea Islands to increase their territory, they have become intrusive in Myanmar and are not well liked in Mongolia. As mentioned in other articles youth gangs do not allow Chinese workers in mongolia to raom the streets at night because they will be attacked. Most Chinese workers live in fenced areas near the coal mines that they work at in Mongolia. Even though epople travel to China to trade, they would not live there because of the expensive food. The landcape is nice according to them but the price of living is too high. Still, they do not like the demand from China on coal because they have to consider in the long run what will happen if they use up all the resources. - M. Carvajal

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Mining in Mongolia

destructive practices of mining companies are destroying the beautiful Mongolian steppe.
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This is a great video to watch to see how mining companies prior to enviromental friendly changes have been discussed to take effect soon. The depletion of land and rivers must stop in order to save the countrys landscape. Not only this but the locations are hazardous to the safety of the workers there. You can also see how women work with the men in these areas and how tents are set up to house people who can not travel back to China. An eye opener. - M. Carvajal 

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GDP Growth of Mongolia vs. China and Russia in 2011E

GDP Growth of Mongolia vs. China and Russia in 2011E | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
http://seekingalpha.com/article/366241-mongolia-and-coal-the-country-s-potential-and-regional-energy-demand
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Mongolias economy has gone up and down in the past few years but at this moment in time it is ranked one of the top 10 resource-rich nations. The mining industry has become the second highest contributor to the economy boom in Mongolia and it only seems to be increasing. It has surpassed China and it higher then Russia has ever been. Could this be something that will raise Mongolia to possibly the top 5 in the oncoming years? It depends on how the resources are withdrawn and how they are sold. It will definetley create an abundance of jobs for those who have none at this moment. With resources such as coal, copper, uranium and gold it can be assumed that many corporations will try to move in to Mongolia in efforts to take home some the pie. - M. Carvajal

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Mongolian economy to continue fast growth in coming years: PM - Xinhua | English.news.cn

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This is very interesting to see that the government has made an effort to convert from a brown economy to a green one. It has taken many years for many different countries to adapt to the idea of eco friendly movements but it is happening. One of the major economic boosts within Mongolia is the mining industry. We know that mining itself is a dangerous occupation but the government is seeking new ways to make it safer and more enviromentally friendly which is always a good thing. What other policies will be instituted to enhance the growth of this country? - M. Carvajal

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New Classroom for Software Training at Mongolia University of Science and Technology | MINING.com

New Classroom for Software Training at Mongolia University of Science and Technology | MINING.com | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
As announced in a press release, RungePincockMinarco (RPM) has opened a software classroom for mining engineering students at the Mining School at the Mong
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Its good to see that companies are taken it upon themselves to donate technology that will assist the students to further their education in college. Not only this but the software is specifically designed for those entering the mining industry and will use this software to do mine planning and scheduling. A very good deed. - M. Carvajal

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Cashmere Makers in China Are Feeling a Chill - NYTimes.com

Cashmere Makers in China Are Feeling a Chill - NYTimes.com | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
As Western demand for luxury sweaters erodes, goat farms in Inner Mongolia are feeling the impact.
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The price that is paid in American dollars for quality material that is made and imported from the east is phenomenal. People go to the store and spend hundreds of dollars without knowing what location the item came from or what was done in order to get that product to the U.S. The government has put a ban on Kashmir goats because there is an overpopulation of these animals and they are damaging the land and eating all the vegeation. This in turn causes sandstorms that cover many cities and go into China. As demands for chasmere have dropped due to the lack in quality so have the jobs in factories that make these sweaters. Its a chain. If one person can not produce the material needed, the company does not make the product, which creates job loss and then there is no money coming into the country who exports these goods. - M. Carvajal

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Ulaanbaatar- Mongolias capital under pressure
Michelle Carvajal's insight:

In this video we see how many have had to migrate to the capital city of Mongolia in order to survive. These nomadic people lose their cattle in cold environments and their lands as well. By moving to the capital they are subject to spending a lot of time trying to make ends meet and assimilating in their new homes. Many are helped by the local Red Cross. As the climate continues tthere ate the nomadic existence and population increases in thcities, we might see a growth in poverty and change in living complexes. The government already frs there is not enough land and buildings are not made to hold so many families. - M. carvajal

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Bringing Online Education To Mongolia, In Wireless Backpacks

Bringing Online Education To Mongolia, In Wireless Backpacks | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
It takes more than a village: it also takes a hotspot.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This is great because not only are they using an alternative form of energy but they ae expanding the privelege of this to people in rural areas who did not have the ability to do extra things due to insufficient lighting. Mongolia is taking positive steps! - M. Carvajal

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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, February 27, 2013 3:29 PM
You're so right Michelle! Every country needs to find creative, practical ways to develop it's infrastructure and educational context.
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gini coefficient | Tumblr

gini coefficient | Tumblr | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
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A very interesting image that shows Mongolia in comparison to the rest of the world. The lower the GINI the higher the country has in income equality. What can we conclude form this? It seems as though Mongolia is ties with Australia, Canada and eastern Europe. Very interesting.- M. Carvajal

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Mongolia: 'Stellar growth' in 2013

Mongolia: 'Stellar growth' in 2013 | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
Mongolia's economy is set to grow by 18-20% in 2013 thanks to a giant copper and gold mine, says the Economist's Daniel Franklin.
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An interesting video of predictions for the growth of the Mongolian ecnomy in 2013. Will his predictions come true? Time will tell. - M. Carvajal

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Solar Panels Manufactured in Mongolia to be Exported to Japan | Ubpost News

Solar Panels Manufactured in Mongolia to be Exported to Japan | Ubpost News | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
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Interesting new development in Mongolia for a more eco friendly solution. These solar panels will be exported to Japan with a product guarantee of twenty years. Solar panels are a form of energy use without harming the enviroment. Depending on how it goes with Japan, we might see these panels make their way to the U.S. You never know. - M. Carvajal

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China and Mongolia to deepen its political and strategic mutual trust : InfoMongolia.com : News and information about Mongolia, Mongolian language lessons

China and Mongolia to deepen its political and strategic mutual trust : InfoMongolia.com : News and information about Mongolia, Mongolian language lessons | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Daily News and Information about Mongolia in English, Data and Statistics, Maps, Photos and Mongolian language lessons, On-line courses
Michelle Carvajal's insight:

This is very interesting to see because it would make sense to finally put so much tension behind them and look for a better solution that will benefit both countries. The partnership will indeed implement new agreements and establish a mutual respect that will be for the interests of both governments. It is good that they work together and that China is not holding any immediate resentment for the way Mongolians have treated them to this point. China will assist in engancing the infrastructure in Mongolia and work together on energy solutions. This is very good! - M. Carvajal

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Mongolia Mining - National Geographic Wild Chronicles

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This is a very sad video of the pollution effects on people and the death tolls that have gone up due to the lack of a clean enviroment. In this video, the man speaking lost his mother and his child to infectious diseases due to bad water. He worries that the many of the wildlife is disappearing due to mining activities in Mongolia. This video shows us how mining can be a negative thing for many of the people living along the lines of the mine locations. Others in the video see how their land changed through out the years and how the government has not taken into consideration that many have no land left for their animals or good water sources to drink from. So its interesting because what can help the country as a whole brings damage to lives of others. How can it be a win win situation? - M. Carvajal

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Boom in Mongolia Deflates After Deal That Started It Is Threatened

Boom in Mongolia Deflates After Deal That Started It Is Threatened | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
New regulations in Mongolia could stifle a deal to develop the Oyu Tolgoi mine, the world's biggest new source of copper, and hurt the country's broader economy.
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In this article we learn of two corporations that wanted to invest in the mining industry of Mongolia. Both had millions if not billions of dollars that they were going to invest to build mines. Rio TInto, a Canadian exploration company wanted to build in Oyu Tolgoi. Taxes would have been fixed for 30 years and it did not seem like a problem. In May, Mongolia made a mistake by announcing that the Strategic Foreign Investment Law would give Parliament the righ to approve foreign takeovers. Though it seemed aimed at Chalco, Chinas lagest state-owned company, it was enough for both businesses to withdraw from Mongolia. There was too much uncertainty and it seemed like the government changed their mind too often. Now, because of the lack of export with China the country is still in a deficit and they are trying to renegotiate with Rio Tinto. The only problem is the amendments to the agreement have changed and it would cost the company more. The main problem with Mongolia is that it depends on exports of its materials. The government does not seem to be thinking of the consequences of the people. - M. Carvajal 

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News Analysis: Mongolia's economy faces challenges in short term - Xinhua | English.news.cn

News Analysis: Mongolia's economy faces challenges in short term - Xinhua | English.news.cn | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
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This is actually interesting because not more than a year ago Mongolia was rising above China in GDP. It is understandable that things do change quickly in the economy and I believe it has to do with China no longer trading as much with Mongolia. The inflation has gone up for Mongolia and the World Bank has had to step in. The government needs to seek solutions for creating a better infrastructure iwthin the country and investing a local sectors. They believe that the solution would be this plus an increase in tourism and agriculture. Could this mean that as mentioned in another post, they might allow other nations to join the mining sector? - M. Carvajal

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Lenin statue in Mongolia removed

Lenin statue in Mongolia removed | Mongolia Research (GEO400 project) | Scoop.it
The last bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin has been removed from Ulan-Bator, the capital of Mongolia.
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An interesting mini clip on how the government is making its changes in Mongolia and removing all monuments and signs that remind them of earlier communistic times. Its very interesting to see the starting bid price for this historical monument. I'm sure that it will rise quickly. - M. Carvajal

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