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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

Asian Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various Asian countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Series: 20 programs (20 to 54 minutes). Click for more

Mongolia: Icy Winds of Change

Mongolia: Icy Winds of Change

Life on the Mongolian steppe is as tough as the nation's notorious founding father, Genghis Khan, but extreme weather is now making life tougher than ever. In this classic documentary we learn how for centuries the horsemen of Mongolia have roamed freely over the vast grasslands following the pasture for their animals. Many Mongolians live a life largely unchanged since their famous ancestors. However, as a result of climate change and human activities, Mongolia's eco-system is being altered. Natural disasters, such as droughts, severe winters and extreme temperatures, have started to occur more frequently. Here we see how two summers of serious drought followed by the deadly chill of the worst winter in a generation killed more than 2 million animals - the lifeblood of the nomadic herders. Facing such severe weather conditions, the Mongolian culture could wither away with the horses, sheep and goats that sustain it. Also we see how until recently animals were owned by the state and managed by collectives; today, privatization has changed this and hit poor herders hard. Produced by ABC Australia. 04/10DE JSCA 20 min.

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