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Vast sandstorms expose Mongolia's long-ignored ecological crisis

Desertification threatens largely agricultural country of 3.4m people

A woman walks past Drum Tower during morning rush hour as Beijing is hit by a sandstorm on March 15.    © Reuters

People across northern China battled dust-laden winds and orange-tinted skies earlier this month as the biggest sandstorm in nearly a decade engulfed a huge swath of the region.

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