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How buying out Big Sugar is a first step in reconciling with the earth

The Everglades is not as spectacular as Yellowstone; its subtle and often inhospitable landscape of saw grass marshes and mangrove swamps, ponds and bays was once reviled as a pestilential hellhole. But today, even though agribusiness, development and lousy water management have ravaged it, the Everglades is revered as an ecological treasure--there is nothing like it on earth, and every politician claims to care about it. The Everglades, some say, is a test; if we pass, we may get to keep the planet.

June 24 may have been the day we stopped flunking that test. Governor Charlie Crist announced a stunning...

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