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California Drought News: Cheap greens, expensive beef and priceless lessons



The California drought is causing the price of beef to rise.
The California drought is causing the price of beef to rise.
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There's a leak in my apartment ceiling. This is after one of the weakest rainy seasons in decades. Had we gotten our fair share of rain this year, I'm pretty sure I'd be swimming around in here.

Anyway, enough complaining (kind of), because it's time for DROUGHT NEWS:

There's a financial metaphor that works here. To live off surface water is to live off your paycheck. When you get a raise, you can spend more. But when your paycheck drops, you have to cut back, economize. To rely on groundwater, though, is to live off of savings. Every draft you take is one that you won't be able to replenish, at least not easily. (Mother Jones)
Back upstream, the party continued over the next several days. The populace of the town of San Luis Río Colorado turned out at the river en masse. What had served as an improvised dune-buggy area in the long-dry riverbed became a veritable waterpark of people splashing in the newly returned river. (High Country News)

And finally...

Turning our drought into a teaching moment for our kids - or at least the kids of New York Times readers. (New York Times)