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Mongolia: Energy-Efficient Building

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June 25, 2012
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Summary:
The Mongolian capital Ulan Bator has serious environmental problems. Uncontrolled immigration has swollen the population, and many residents are heating with primitive coal stoves. The resulting smog in winter is among the world's worst, often reaching twenty times the official limits.


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