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July 3, 2012

UN gives Western Ghats world heritage site status

     New Delhi: India's Western Ghats have been added to the prestigious list of the United Nation's cultural agency, UNESCO's world heritage sites. The mountains cover an area of about 160,000 sq km (61,776 sq miles) stretching from India 's southern tip to Gujarat . The lush mountains are at risk of a biodiversity crisis due to rapidly increasing population, the BBC reports. According to Unesco, the forests include non-equatorial tropical evergreen forests and are home to at least 325 globally-threatened flora, fauna, bird, amphibian, reptile and fish species. The mountains are also recognised as one of the world's eight 'hottest hotspots' of biological diversity, and its forests influence the Indian monsoons.
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