Tibetan nomads struggle as grasslands disappear from the roof of the world

Tibetan nomad  Phuntsok Dorje outside his tent on grasslands turning to desert, TibetLike generations of Tibetan nomads before him, Phuntsok Dorje makes a living raising yaks and other livestock on the vast alpine grasslands that provide a thatch on the roof of the world. But in recent years the vegetation around his home, the Tibetan plateau, has been destroyed by rising temperatures, excess livestock and plagues of insects and rodents. The high-altitude meadows are rarely mentioned in discussions of global warming, but the changes to this ground have a profound impact on Tibetan politics and the world’s ecological security.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/02/tibetan-plateau-climate-change

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