Ulaanbaatar, Bayan Khoshuu.
On a cold winter’s morning, residents from the yurt district set off for work and school, in a cloud of smoke from the home fires. The average wage-earner in Ulan Bator is paid 600 000 tugriks a month, and struggles to survive. Nearly 1.5 million people, which is half the population of Mongolia, now live in the capital city. Severe pollution in winter causes major disruptions to business in the country’s one economic hub. A large proportion of the small number of people in employment suffer from serious and incapacitating respiratory conditions, problems which could ultimately become a major obstacle to the country’s future development.