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Gauging the Impact of Warming On Asia’s Life-Giving Monsoons

Yale Environment 360: Bouncing along bad roads in a jeep through central Mongolia, with bright blue skies and high clouds overhead, we drive for miles through a treeless landscape, passing only dry grasslands dotted with cattle and white yurts. But as we head north -- myself, two U.S. scientists, and one Mongolian forestry expert -- we begin to notice Siberian pine and larch growing on the northern slopes of rolling hills, but not the southern slopes, and at some elevations, but not others. In water-scarce Mongolia, as...