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Monday, May 4th 2015 - 14:16 UTC

Avian flu in the US: third state declares state of emergency

Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the United States, which could lead to the extermination of up to 21 million chickens and turkeys

State of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, saying the entire state was at risk from the spread of the disease.

Saturday, May 2nd 2015 - 07:16 UTC

US environmental group petitions SEC to investigate Shell' info to investors on Arctic drilling

The U.S. Interior Department is mulling whether Shell can drill test wells for crude and gas off Alaska this summer.

An environmental group and a law clinic petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Royal Dutch Shell has adequately disclosed to investors the risks of oil exploration in the harsh Arctic waters, the groups said this week.

Saturday, May 2nd 2015 - 07:09 UTC

Why the US should worry about oil sector jobs

There is little doubt that as oil prices fall, some people working in that sector will lose their jobs, but what will the impact be on other sectors of the economy.

Outside of individual's holding oil stocks, damage to the economy from the fall in oil has been pretty minimal so far. Indeed, the price cut in home heating oil and gasoline has probably outweighed the damage from lower oil prices… so far. Unfortunately, this situation may not last.

Friday, May 1st 2015 - 06:38 UTC

Time magazine front page re-edits 1968 picture to describe 2015

On the magazine's cover Time adds to the title: “what has changed, what hasn´t,” regarding 1968 and 2015.

Time magazine used for its next issue an image covered by a regular citizen and aspiring photographer named Devin Allen where police force can be seen chasing a young black man. It would be a dated image if it weren´t for the validity that it recovered these past few months- and days- in the US.

Thursday, April 30th 2015 - 01:51 UTC

US economy slows down to 0.2% growth in the first quarter, but forecast is optimistic

The strength of the dollar also hurt exports, which fell by 7.2%. A strike by dock workers at normally busy West Coast ports also hindered growth.

The US economy “all but stagnated” in the first three months of the year, growing at an annual rate of just 0.2%, official figures show. The growth figure was far lower than expectations, which had forecast growth would be about 1%. Harsh winter weather for a second year dampened consumer spending, while energy companies struggling with low oil prices cut investment.

Thursday, April 30th 2015 - 01:24 UTC

Fed leaves interest rate at record low following two-day meeting

Sluggish growth figures suggest that rate rise will not occur at the Fed's June meeting. Many analysts are now eyeing September instead.

The US Federal Reserve has kept its target interest rate at a record low at the end of a two-day policy meeting in Washington, DC. The US central bank has indicated it will raise rates soon, as long as the US economy continued to grow, but the timing of the increase remains uncertain.

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 05:04 UTC

New York dims lights in high buildings to help birds' migration

Governor Cuomo said on Monday that bright outdoor lights will be turned off between 23:00 and dawn during peak migration seasons in spring and autumn.

The state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings to help birds navigate their migratory routes in spring and autumn. Migrating birds are believed to use stars to navigate but they can be disorientated by electric lights, causing them to crash into buildings.

Tuesday, April 21st 2015 - 07:12 UTC

New York governor and a large business delegation land in Havana

Andrew Cuomo was welcomed at the José Martí International Airport by Josefina Vidal, head of the USA desk at the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo arrived in the Cuban capital on Monday heading a large delegation of business people interested in learning firsthand the Cuban reality and making contacts for future business endeavors. Cuomo was welcomed at the José Martí International Airport by Josefina Vidal, head of the USA desk at the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

Monday, April 20th 2015 - 06:57 UTC

Has the U.S. reached “peak oil” at current price levels?

If prices don't rise to offset those higher drilling costs then production will start declining

The United States Energy Information Agency once again capitulated on the myth that rig counts don't matter and the productivity of wells would largely offset, leaving the industry on a continuous path to higher output. The current consensus of 500,000 B/D additional growth in 2015 US production now appears very much at risk.

Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 22:23 UTC

Greenpeace reacts to NOAA report showing U.S. overfished stocks at all-time low

The US tuna fleet must keep to the same standards as in US waters. Tuna fisheries kill millions of sharks annually as bycatch, and some tuna populations remain in dire shape.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the 2014 Status of U.S. Fisheries report, which indicates that the number of US fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing has dropped to an all-time low since 1997, when NOAA began tracking stock status.

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