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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.

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How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

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