Science, mongolian style.

July 7 NYT, Clyde E Goulden, about his “research” about mongolian herders’ research (fascinating in any case):

“One older herder, Baatar, has lived in the same valley on the steppe for 61 years.

Baatar at home with family

With a family of four and almost 200 animals, he depends on his ability to predict weather to determine the best winter pasture and how much hay to collect for animals to supplement winter grazing. However, Baatar told us he can no longer predict the weather for the next season, or even for the next day. This ability remains highly critical for all winters but particularly for the harsh weather of a dzud year, when a herder like Baatar might lose many or all of his animals to a very icy winter. This is what climate change means here.”


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