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UNESCO removes Belize reef from endangered World Heritage list
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
UNESCO removed the Mesoamerican coral reef in Belize from its list of threatened World Heritage Sites on Tuesday, praising the Central American country for its "visionary" steps to protect it. The reef -- the second largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia -- is an underwater playground for hundreds of varieties of tropical fish, sea turtles, manta rays, sharks and many more species. It spent nearly a decade on the endangered list, prompted by concerns over Belize's plans to allow oil exploration nearby, unchecked construction on shore and the general lack of laws to protect the site. read more
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