FOXNews.com - Mongolian Cabinet holds meeting in Gobi desert to draw attention to climate change
GASHUUNII KHOOLOI, Mongolia (AP) — Top Mongolian officials donned dark green baseball caps reading "Save our planet" and set up chairs and tables in the sands of the Gobi desert for a Cabinet meeting aimed at drawing attention to climate change.Flashback: 20 Million Mongolian Cattle Could Be Dead by Spring Due to Dzud (UPDATED) : TreeHugger
The ministers, dressed in suits and ties, arrived in the desert in jeeps after a 15-hour journey. Officials planted a Mongolian flag in the ground, set up long tables and chairs in the fine, golden sand and discussed climate change against the backdrop of a vast expanse of desert and a bright blue sky.
"Mongolia is feeling the impact of global climate change," Prime Minister Batbold Sukhbaatar said at the one-hour meeting.
Batbold pointed to the recent winter as an example of problems Mongolia faces. The winter was the harshest in decades and a fifth of the country's livestock died.
This is the worst winter Mongolia has experienced in 30 years. Some 2 million domestic animals have been killed so far.Flashback - Mongolia winter kills herds, devastating the poorest
BEIJING, March 29 (Reuters) - A severe winter has left 4.5 million dead animals in stockyards across the Mongolian steppes, and many poor herders face the loss of all their property just before the important breeding season.