Special Report

Florida Crossroads

The Everglades Crisis

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As one of the largest wetlands in the world, Florida’s Everglades is home to many different plant and animal species. In recent decades, human activities have caused many issues in the area, including water flow, invasive species and climate change, which are all direct threats to the ecosystem. To protect the Everglades, both state and federal government have been working together to create legislations and programs such as Tamiami Trail and Combined Operational Plan. The rise in temperature also affects some animals’ egg hatching pattern. Despite the challenges, the Everglades National Park still attracts visitors overseas. With the recent return of the wading birds, many remain optimistic about the Everglades’ future.


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