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California Drought News: Climate change and Cinco de Mayo 2015



You know what's not getting any cheaper? Meat, cheese or avocados. Check your receipt at Chipotle, people.
You know what's not getting any cheaper? Meat, cheese or avocados. Check your receipt at Chipotle, people.
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Tuesday's drought roundup brings us tidings of climate fears and expensive guacamole years. It also gives us a new drought synonym: solannoyed.

Climate change:

The report sketches out sobering scenarios for different regions. The Northeast and Midwest, for instance, would see a huge increase in heavy downpours that could lead to flooding and erosion. The Southwest, including California, would be more prone to extreme heat, drought and wildfire. The first rains after fires compound the peril and damage because they wash down debris and earth left behind, said Gregg Garfin, a climatologist at University of Arizona and a co-author. (LA Times)

Seis de Mayo:

Fruit tree futures:

The Resnicks appear to be selling some of their water to a developer seeking to create a new 2,000-acre planned community, Gateway Village, in another county. This is being done through a web of exotic arrangements — with the water bouncing through a maze of Resnick-owned companies, West Side Park Mutual Water Co. in particular. (Seattle Times)

Conservation:

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