Degraded Grassland in Inner Mongolia

Photo | 2013-07-18

A shepherd tends his sheep on the degraded grassland near the Baiyinhua No. 1 open-cast coal mine in West Ujimqin Banner of Xilin Gol, Inner Mongolia. Ten billion cubic meters of water will be consumed by 16 new coal fired power plants and mines in China in 2015, triggering severe water crises in the country’s arid Northwest.

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