The Belize Barrier Reef has been removed from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization list of endangered World Heritage sites, The New York Times reports. In 2009, the 300 kilometer-long reef was placed on the endangered list due to threats such as the destruction of mangrove forests and oil drilling. To combat these threats, within the past 2 years the government of Belize prohibited any oil exploration near the reef and placed protections on the forests. While the reef is protected from human development, the threat of ocean warming still looms with scientists reporting signs of coral bleaching in 2015 and 2016.
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