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Water war

Weather | A persistent drought in California has brought to the surface long-simmering disputes over one of the basic resources of life
by Sophia Lee
Posted 6/26/15, 01:00 am

KERN COUNTY, Calif.—Meeting cherry farmer Steve Murray probably isn’t the best way to understand the gravity of California’s drought, which experts say is the worst in modern history. 

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California's drought denial

Weather | Residents keep watering their lawns, but farmers are feeling the shortage
by Sophia Lee
Posted 4/17/15, 01:00 am

For decades, California has been living up an image of beautiful sunshine, Hollywood glamor, fast-sprouting developments, and fruitful farmlands.

All the while, in 50 years California’s population has doubled to 38.8 million, and so has its thirst for water. Despite their desert climate, cities like Los Angeles and San Diego have flaunted the lifestyle of an oasis. Now that nature-defying illusion is bursting as the state enters its fourth consecutive year of drought—with no end in sight.

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by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/07/15, 11:18 am

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