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The Green Life: 21 New Places on UNESCO's World Heritage List

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August 10, 2010

21 New Places on UNESCO's World Heritage List

EvergladesSince UNESCO's founding of the World Heritage List in 1972, the organization has worked to preserve extraordinary cultural and natural sites across the globe. This year's 34th World Heritage meeting in Brazil recognized 21 new sites with "outstanding universal value"; 15 cultural, five natural and one that's mixed.  

Papahānaumokuākea, the cluster of small, low-lying islands and atolls off Hawaii's coast nabbed the mixed-property title for its deepwater habitat, large coral reef lagoons, and importance as a link between indigenous people and the natural environment.

Florida's Everglades National Park was added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, since the vast aquatic ecosystem (which is home to several endangered species including the manatee) is constantly being degraded. 

The other new additions include places in Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, and Tajikistan, putting those three nations on the list for the first time. 

--Allison McCann

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