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Why the California water crisis will lead to a housing collapse, municipal bankruptcies and a mass exodus of climate refugees

By ADAMS: (NaturalNews) The only proof you need that many Californians are still living in a water fairy tale is the fact that California real estate prices haven't yet collapsed. Even as the California Governor has declared a state of emergency -- and emergency water rationing is under way -- there are still people purchasing commercial and residential real estate in precisely the areas that will be hardest hit by that rationing.

What is the value of a home or business that has no functioning connection to a water system? Essentially ZERO.

Gov. Brown orders California to become a water police state as region begins reverting to uninhabitable desert

By Adams: (NaturalNews) For the first time in history, the California government has declared mandatory water restrictions designed to save the state from a water collapse. (But it still won't work, see below...)

An order went out yesterday from Governor Brown's office, requiring water agencies to "...implement new pricing models that discourage excessive water use," reports the LA Times. In other words, your water consumption costs are about to get even higher if you live in California.

Californians disgusted by stinky black tap water; officials tell them to drink it anyway

By Barker: (NaturalNews) Residents of a Southern California neighborhood are concerned about the fact that the water flowing out of the taps in their homes is the color black. That's right; the water coming out of their faucets is indeed black -- not gray, not cloudy -- but black. Inky, opaque black water that the water company says is okay to drink.

America to lose one-third of its fresh produce when California runs out of water

By Adams: (NaturalNews) As Michael Snyder points out in a timely article at The Economic Collapse Blog, California is rapidly reverting back to the desert it was once.

Awareness of this is only now beginning to spread, but almost no one truly grasps the implications of what losing California's Central Valley agricultural output means to grocery shoppers.

Almost no one realizes, for example, that one-third of all the produce grown in the United States comes out of California's Central Valley. As the NYT explains:

California pays farmers to sustainably sequester carbon in soil

By Huff: (NaturalNews) The solution to widespread environmental destruction and perceived man-made climate change isn't to arbitrarily restrict humans from using the world's natural resources, but rather to alter the way humans use them. And a new program in California is doing just that by rewarding farmers who adopt clean, sustainable, organic farming and rotational grazing practices that have been scientifically shown to not only sequester carbon dioxide in the ground but also naturally enrich soils.

California mega-drought worst in 1,200 years say scientists (and it's still getting worse)

By Heyes:(NaturalNews) Despite a recent downpour of rain in parts of Southern California, the state continues to suffer through its worst drought in centuries, according to the most recent research data.

California government elites use 500% more water than citizens

By Lilley:(NaturalNews) At at time when water conservation should be a high priority in drought-plagued California, it would appear that something else has been deemed a high priority: an elitist mind set whereby people self-appoint themselves as an exception to the rule.

In the drying up state, this disturbing way of thinking is taking place at the Los Angeles mayoral mansion, Getty House, where it's been reported that approximately 2,100 gallons of water are used per day.

You read correctly.

California's dry, overpopulated situation resembles the collapse of the Assyrian Empire, experts warn

By Lillie:(NaturalNews) Researchers are pointing to overpopulation and drought -- two issues which are very familiar in today's world, especially in California -- as the reasons for the collapse of the Assyrian Empire, which used to be a flourishing hub in the 7th century BC. The fall of the powerful empire left many people, even to this day, asking what could have led to its demise.

Fukushima catastrophe causing significant radiation exposure to Californians, says expert

A radioactive waste specialist has said that the high-level radioactive waste pools at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northern Japan remains at risk of further contaminating the region and the surrounding Pacific waters if another major earthquake and tsunami were to strike the area.

The coming California Dust Bowl

The fruit basket of America, California's Central Valley, is in major trouble. Persistent drought conditions combined with decades of overfarming and chemical spraying has killed much of the growing acreage there. And experts are now warning that the entire agricultural region will likely collapse if more farmers don't give the land a chance to rest and rejuvenate itself.