By Dan Shapley
U.N. removes everglades from international watch list, but it still looks imperiled
It sounds like good news when the United Nations removes a distinctive American landscape from its list of World Heritage Sites in Danger, but in the case of the Florida Everglades, just about everyone agrees that decision is premature. True, the nation and state have invested millions in the restoration of the network of swamps and coastal mangrove forests that ring southern Florida's shoreline tip. But pollution from its thoroughly developed neighborhood, encroachment by new construction and the tapping of the water that feeds the Everglades are problems that are far from being solved. Jonathan Ullman, Everglades field representative for the Sierra Club, offered to take United Nations representatives on a tour "Urban growth and pollution went away? I didn't get the news flash," he told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "The Everglades is more threatened than ever."