A similar project is already underway to resurrect the Passenger Pigeon, the last of which was killed in 1914. Or, you know, we could just stop shooting everything that moves.
Paraguay Successfully Eliminated Malaria
Ever tried to get rid of a mosquito? OK, now imagine trying to get rid of millions of them, and they're all trying to kill you. That's what Paraguay had been doing since 1950, when a multi-decade plan to kick malaria out of the country was put forward. Though the closest most of us are likely to come to malaria is in a textbook, it still kills hundreds of thousands of people worldwide every year, and Paraguay reported 80,000 cases in the '40s.
Today, that's officially down to ... zero.
Yep, in June 2018, the World Health Organization finally designated Paraguay as "malaria free," having completely eradicated the disease and put measures in place to prevent it from buzzing back into the country. That makes Paraguay the first country in the Americas to beat malaria since Cuba in 1973, and Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Suriname, and Belize could soon follow. Come on, guys, give Paraguay some time to shine (but not too much). And hey, speaking of Belize ...
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The Belize Barrier Reef Is No Longer Endangered
In 2009, UNESCO added the Belize Barrier Reef to its list of World Heritage Sites in Danger, due to excessive offshore oil extraction and various other acts of human dickery. That was bad news, not only because the reef is pretty as hell, but also because of to its importance to the ecosystem. Here, we'll let someone with a fancier accent explain it: