Making sense of Mongolia’s environmental issues

The view from my apartment yesterdayThe same view, before the air pollution got too bad I’m slowly getting a handle on the research work I am trying to accomplish while I’m here in Mongolia. Instead of getting course relief to do research, I am doing it on top of teaching four completely new courses and … Continue reading Making sense of Mongolia’s environmental issues

Thanksgiving in Mongolia

Potluck dinner in the dorm's student kitchen For the record, Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday. Growing up, I did enjoy the food, but once I became a vegetarian surrounded by omnivores, I lost interest, mainly because of my family’s insistence on the turkey-centered meal. More recently, after my parents died, my brother started … Continue reading Thanksgiving in Mongolia

Do they really recycle here? Waste disposal in Mongolia and around the world

Throwing trash away is more complicated than it seems, especially when you move to a foreign country. True, garbage is not the most appealing topic, but since most people generate a significant amount of garbage in their daily lives, it’s an important one. Living in an environmentally progressive community in southern California, I got used … Continue reading Do they really recycle here? Waste disposal in Mongolia and around the world