Thirty years ago, when the grass grew tall, cashmere goats made up 19 percent of all livestock in Mongolia. Since then, their numbers have skyrocketed to make up 60 percent today. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

Mongolian goats produce the world's highest quality cashmere wool, and international demand has soared. There's a problem, though: these goats are turning the country into an ecological wasteland.

Locals in Seneca Falls, N.Y., say this bridge in their small town was the model for the bridge in the fictional Bedford Falls in Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life, where George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) thinks about ending his life. Brian Mann/North Country Public Radio hide caption

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New York Village Says It's The Model For 'It's A Wonderful Life' Town

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Thirty years ago, when the grass grew tall, cashmere goats made up 19 percent of all livestock in Mongolia. Since then, their numbers have skyrocketed to make up 60 percent today. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

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