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Florida's Everglades National Park an ecosystem in distress
Florida's Everglades National Park an ecosystem in distress

The first time I waded thigh-deep in the waters of the magical Everglades in south Florida, it seemed like nature's resting place, with an air of prehistoric tranquillity. Everything was still and heavy with humidity and unlike anywhere else I'd been. And yet even here in the U.S., Everglades National Park is on UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger. The park is home to endangered plants and animals, including the manatee and panther. Yet humankind has drained, encroached, introduced nonnative species and developed the margins of the Everglades so that the entire area is half the size it was a century ago. Only a fifth of the Everglades ecosystem is protected by the...

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