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California Drought News: Israeli expertise, rain dancing, and a guacamole-secure future

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  • Recent rains have made California politicians request a two-week delay in cuts from the State Water Project. (SF Gate)
  • KPCC's Ed Joyce explains the benefits of drinking (former) toilet water. (KPCC)
  • Israel gets a quarter of its water from desalination techniques. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited California yesterday and offered his country's expertise to help our water woes. (Bloomberg)
  • Bees have already been plagued by colony collapse disorder. They're taking another hit from the lack of wildflowers. (Capital Public Radio)
  • Our current drought is less due to climate change and more to uncooperative weather systems, according to some scientists. That view is unpopular with the White House. (NY TimesNew Republic)
  • An LA Times reporter joins a weekly Native American rain dance. They're popping up across the state. (LA Times)

In the last month, tribes from San Diego to Santa Barbara have held community rain dances. Midwestern tribes report being offered money to bring their sacred traditions to California. Buddhists hosted a dance in the Angeles National Forest. Wisdom Quarterly, an American Buddhist journal, listed tips for rain-calling ceremonies. ("Dance on a flat, level surface, never on a hill.")

  • A Chipotle 10-K filing caused panic when it suggested a possible need to curb guacamole sales because of drought-increased prices for avocados. Relax. It's probably not going to happen. (Denver Post)
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