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13 great things that happened in 2016 | MNN - Mother Nature Network

13 great things that happened in 2016 | MNN - Mother Nature Network

"Hey, 2016. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!" It's been one of those years. From nasty politics to heartbreaking celebrity deaths, terrorism to health scares, it's tough to look back on the past 12 months and find positive news — but good news is there, we swear. Here's a look at a whole bunch of positive things that happened in 2016, and there are plenty more. Animal advances The latest census in 2014 found that there were 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild. (Photo: Hung Chung Chih/Shutterstock) 1. The giant panda , the long-time symbol of the conservation movement, was taken off the endangered species list. Among the world's most threatened animals, the iconic black-and-white bear has been reclassified as "vulnerable," thanks in part to an increase in habitat in China. 2. For the first time in 100 years, tiger numbers are also on the rise, according to the Wo...

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