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Montevideo, February 17th 2019 - 00:08 UTC

Tag: California

  • Friday, January 25th 2019 - 09:42 UTC

    US economy showing best employment numbers in almost half a century

    Initial claims for unemployment benefits dropped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 199,000 for the week ended Jan. 19, the lowest level since mid-November in 1969

    The number of United States citizens filing applications for unemployment benefits fell to more than a 49-year low last week, but the drop likely overstates the health of the labour market as claims for several states including California were estimated.

  • Monday, November 19th 2018 - 09:05 UTC

    California inferno: 80 dead, 1,200 missing, 13.000 home turned into dust

    The vast majority of the deaths, 77 total, were due to the Camp Fire in Northern California's Butte County, making it the deadliest fire in the state's history

    The number of people who remain missing in the wake of a pair of ferocious wildfires that have been blazing across both ends of California for more than a week spiked to more than 1,200 late Saturday.

  • Wednesday, November 14th 2018 - 08:44 UTC

    California fire fighters manage containment lines; official death toll is 48 and dozens remain missing

    In the ruined town of Paradise, Butte County, forensics teams are continuing to search for human remains. The official death toll has risen to 48

    Crews battling a deadly wildfire in northern California have managed to hold their containment lines, the state fire service says. They have contained 30% of the fire, stretching over 125,000 acres (50,500 ha), but do not expect to contain it fully until the end of the month.

  • Monday, November 12th 2018 - 07:20 UTC

    “Devil fires” in California cause 25 deaths, 110 missing and destroy over 7.000 homes

    Fire officials are noting that the fires are spreading more quickly than in the past. Only two past fires, in the 1930s and 90s, have taken more lives

    Northern and southern counties of California are suffering from two huge wildfires that show no signs of dying down. With hot dry winds expected last until at least Tuesday, in the south there are fears for the wealthy beach town of Malibu, where a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for a quarter of a million people.

  • Friday, October 19th 2018 - 08:40 UTC

    Facebook's “war room” to combat fake news ahead of Brazil and US elections

    From the outside, Facebook's war room looks like a typical conference room on the tech firm's Menlo Park, California, campus

    During the first round of Brazil's presidential election on 7 October, Facebook staff noticed something suspicious on the social network. A story posted to Facebook incorrectly claimed the election was delayed because of protests. The company's data scientists and operations team scrambled to pull down the misinformation before it went viral.

  • Wednesday, March 7th 2018 - 09:36 UTC

    US shale oil output surge set to influence world market in next five years

    Non-OPEC production is set to rise 5.2 million bpd by 2023 to 63.3 million bpd. Shale oil production will account for over half of the world's output growth

    United States shale oil output is set to surge over the next five years as drillers recover rapidly from a three-year slump, the International Energy Agency said, sharply upgrading its previous growth forecasts. A landmark deal in 2017 between OPEC and other oil producers including Russia to curb output in order to battle a global glut materially improved the outlook for other producers as oil prices rose sharply throughout the year, the IEA said.

  • Friday, August 21st 2015 - 06:17 UTC

    California sinking as pumping groundwater continues in response to historic drought, says NASA

    “Because of increased pumping, groundwater levels are reaching record lows -- up to 30 meters lower than previous records,” said Mark Cowin.

    California's Department of Water Resources released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is sinking faster than ever before, nearly 5 centimeters per month in some locations, as Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to a historic drought.

  • Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 00:37 UTC

    The California shale bubble just burst

    Santa Cruz county and Los Angeles banned fracking

    The great hype surrounding the advent of a shale gas bonanza in California may turn out to be just that: hype. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) – the statistical arm of the Department of Energy – has downgraded its estimate of the total amount of recoverable oil in the Monterey Shale by a whopping 96%. Its previous estimate pegged the recoverable resource in California’s shale formation at 13.7 billion barrels but it now only thinks that there are 600 million barrels available.

  • Wednesday, January 15th 2014 - 07:11 UTC

    New EPA rule requires chemical disclosure for offshore fracking

    Governor Jerry Brown does not support a ban on fracking and insists the new law is rigorous.

    By. Nick Cunningham of - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a rule on January 9, 2014 requiring oil and gas companies using hydraulic fracturing off the coast of California to disclose the chemicals they discharge into the ocean. Oil and gas companies have been fracking offshore California for perhaps as long as two decades, but they largely flew under the radar until recently.