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  Rare cloud forests under threat
Updated 09 February 2004, 15.00
Rain forest
One of the rarest type of forest on Earth is under threat, scientists say.

The World Conservation Monitoring Centre say that cloud forests, which shelter thousands of rare species, are threatened by global warming.

They say the forests, which get water from clouds, and are found in Asia and South and Central America, are one-fifth smaller than they thought.

Global warming would make the clouds they depend on form higher up, reducing the area where the forests can grow.

The scientists think that farming, poaching, logging and road building are also threatening the forests.

As well as being home to rare animals, the forests' ability to take water from clouds means they produce lots of clean water for people to drink.

The report says the cloud forests of La Tigra National Park in Honduras provide over 40% of the water for the capital city, Tegucigalpa.

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