17 Jul '12, 7am

Bad Romance in #Ulaanbaatar - The Hidden Costs of #Mongolia’s Boom | @STCom, July 17 #UNEP #MontrealProtocol

Bad Romance in #Ulaanbaatar - The Hidden Costs of #Mongolia’s Boom | @STCom, July 17 #UNEP #MontrealProtocol

By Nirmal Ghosh Thailand Correspondent [email protected] On the floor of the factory shed in a ramshackle potholed industrial zone on the outskirts of Mongolia’s capital, are strewn nine huge cylinders of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), an industrial gas used in this case to make insulation pads for the walls of buildings. The hundreds of foam pads are stacked up against a wall. After a couple of years of doldrums, Bilguun Trading can’t turn them out fast enough now. Ulaan Baatar is seeing a massive building boom on the back of Mongolia’s staggering 17.3 per cent economic growth last year driven mainly by controversial extraction of natural resources. HCFC cylinders and green building insulation pads at a factory in Mongolia - building boom adds to global warming fears The international media has lately been full of stories on the boom, and the transformation of the capit...

Full article: http://blogs.straitstimes.com/2012/07/17/bad-romance-in-u...

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