Cloud Forest Fading in the Mist, Their Treasures Little Known

They are nature’s “water towers,” providing billions of gallons of fresh, clean, filtered water. They are home to thousands of indigenous peoples, and storehouses of biodiversity, at least 80 percent of which has not yet been catalogued.

Yet in as little as ten years’ time, biologists warn, the world’s cloud forests–evergreen mountain forests that are almost permanently shrouded in mist and clouds–may be all but gone.