The Belize Barrier Reef is home to more than 1,400 species of marine life and serves as the country’s main tourist attraction. In an effort to preserve the reef, Belize has just taken a big step to protect the ocean waters from the effects of oil extraction and exploration by banning oil activities.
The reef was under threat from oil operations just last year but the government has heard the calls and protests of people who are concerned about the environment. Over 450,000 people joined together to put an end to oil operations and other harmful activities in the Barrier Reef.
The Belize Barrier Reef is one of the planet's most diverse ecosystems.
The reef is home to over 1,400 species including this endangered hawksbill turtle.
Unfortunately, the ecosystems have already been damaged by oil exploration and extraction.
This major law protecting the ocean waters from the damaging effects of oil activities is the first by a developing country, according to Ecowatch. In a statement, Mesoamerican reef scientist at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nadia Bood described the success as “a great day for Belize.”
“Today is a great day for Belize.Not only has its government listened to calls to protect the Belize Barrier Reef, which only last year was under threat from seismic oil exploration, it has stepped up to become a world leader in ocean protection by ending all oil activity in its waters.”
The ban on oil activity in the waters is a great win for Belize.
Not only does it preserve the wonderful marine wildlife in the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, but people can also reap the benefits of having a healthy reef. Belize’s economy relies on tourism so the status of the reef will directly impact the future of the country. Tourism brings in between $182-$237 million annually. Fisheries and seashore tourism can support about 190,000 people.
Since 2009, the Belize Barrier Reef has been on UNESCO’s Danger List but this new law should hopefully remove the nation from the said list. Thanks to all the people coming together to offer this support, the Belize Barrier Reef should now be safe from the threats of oil extraction and exploration.
Share this good news with your friends and family!
Villagers Save Pregnant Cow From A Hungry Giant Anaconda
These humans just showed this giant anaconda that it shouldn’t mess with their pregnant livestock.
Infuriated humans unleashed revenge on a giant anaconda that was trying to feed on a pregnant cow at a muddy swamp. While the predator was trying to squeeze the life out of its prey, these humans tried to play superheroes to scare the anaconda away.
A hungry 13-foot anaconda found a perfect prey on a pregnant cow having its good day time bath at a swamp in Venezuela. Having gotten the chance, the giant snake quickly wrapped its body onto the cow and started squeezing it to death.
This giant anaconda probably thought it found its best meal for the day.
Green Potatoes Are Poisonous According To A Research
How poisonous are green potatoes?
Potatoes are healthy, nutritious crops that are a favorite ingredient for many different recipes. But once they turn green, they are said to be poisonous. Is this claim a fact or just another food myth?
The truth is that potatoes that have turned green contain high levels of solanine, a toxin known to cause headaches, nausea, and neurological issues. Food science experts also say that green potatoes being poisonous is not a myth.
Potatoes naturally produce solanine as a defense mechanism against pests.
30 of the Most Disgusting Yet Interesting Facts
You will probably not look at the world the same way again.
We are living in an ill-fated world. Our history is packed with all sorts of crimes, and these continue to strive even today. Apparently, some of the most disgusting events are also among the most interesting ones and that is a fact.
Elite Readers has compiled a list of some of the vilest events in the history of mankind. We bet you will not look at the world the same way you do. Check them out below!