Energy consumption, China surpasses the US

China has become the biggest consumer of energy in the world surpassing the US. According to data from the International Energy Agency (IEA), reported by various media outlets , in 2009 China consumed 2.252 billion tons of oil equivalent , almost 4% more in the US who have consumed 2,170 million tons.

According to Zhou Xi'an, head of the General of the National Energy Administration (NEA) of China, however, the data provided by the IEA "not very credible".

"When the IEA came to China to publish its energy outlook a couple of days ago, has overestimated the energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of China", "We think it's because of a lack of knowledge about China, in particular the latest developments in energy saving and renewable energy. "

The real tax burden in Italy is 52%

According to a study by the Mestre CGIA the real tax burden in Italy in 2009 reached 51.9%, far more than the 43.2% reported by Istat.
The research department of the craftsmen of mestre arrived at this figure by taking away tax revenue-GDP ratio, which determines the tax burden, the underground economy . Istat fact apply the rules dictated by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, which impose to count in GDP also the weight of the informal economy. In 2009 the underground economy was estimated between 231.9 and 255.9 billion euro.
Removing the GDP in 2009 amounted to 1.5208 trillion euro, the underground economy the tax revenue-to-GDP ratio, ie the tax burden, nearly 52%.

Cameron: "huge debt, in view of years of sacrifice"

In an interview with the Sunday Times, the new Prime Minister David Cameron English promises years of sacrifice for Britain

"There is a huge debt that must be addressed. Cross your fingers, waiting for growth and hope to do it is not an answer "

"One of the most shocking is the extent of the interest we pay on the debt. If we do not do something we'll end up paying interest on the debt of 50, 60, 70 billion pounds. Figures are crazy, more than we spend on education of our children or for the defense of the nation "

"You have to deal with the accounts of the welfare state, the public sector and the size of the bureaucracy accumulated over the years"

The deficit in Britain in 2009/2010 reached the 156.1 billion pounds, equivalent all'11.1% of GDP.

An asteroid hitting Jupiter

Two amateur astronomers have observed in recent days an object crash into the planet Jupiter. The object, probably an asteroid or a meteorite crashed on Jupiter at 20:31 UTC on June 3, 2010, generating a strong glow.
Anthony Wesley, one of the two amateur astronomers who observed the phenomenon (another amateur astronomer who observed the crash from the Philippines is Christopher Go) from Australia, has made a video in which it documented the impact



Chinese workers on strike

Two factories of Honda located in the Chinese province of Guangdong have been closed for two weeks because of a strike by operari Chinese. The 1900 Chinese workers of the two factories ask for a pay rise to Honda, who had moved part of its production to China because of its low labor costs. As reported by some media the operari Honda would come to perceive about 1,500 yuan (about 220 US dollars, 183 Euros) per month.
Honda after two weeks of unrest has proposed to the workers a wage increase of 24%, or about 366 yuan ($ 56.60, € 44.74). Which would increase the monthly salary is about 1,910 yuan ($ 280, € 233.5).
According to reports by the Associated Press, a spokesman for Honda said that the matter has been resolved and that the situation in all factories concerned has returned to normal. Some workers continue to seek an increase of about 800 yuan ($ 117, almost 98 euro), although all the workers have decided to return to work.

Honda has announced plans to increase its production in China by 30% by 2012, reaching production of 830 thousand cars per year.

Growing GDP in the euro area

In the first quarter of 2010, GDP in the euro area and the EU grew by 0.2% compared to the previous quarter, is what reveals a Eurostat report . Compared to the first quarter of the previous year, GDP in the euro area grew by 0.6%, in the EU, the increase was 0.5%.

In France, GDP grew in the first quarter of 2010 by 0.1% from the previous quarter and by 1.2% compared to the first quarter of 2009. In Germany, GDP growth was 0.2% over the previous quarter and 1.5% compared to first quarter of 2009. In the UK in the first quarter of 2010 GDP grew by 0.3% over the previous quarter, but fell by 0.2% compared to the first quarter of 2009.
In Italy in the first quarter of this year, GDP grew by 0.5% over the previous quarter and 0.6% over the first quarter of 2009.
In the US GDP in the first quarter of 2010 it grew by 0.8% compared to the previous quarter, and 2.5% from the first quarter of 2009. In Japan in the first quarter of the year GDP grew dell1.2% sequentially earlier, and 4.2% over the first quarter of 2009.

In the first quarter of 2010, household final consumption expenditure decreased by 0.1% in the euro area and by 0.2% in the EU, after recording an increase of 0.2% in both zones in the previous quarter.
Investments decreased by 1.1% in the euro area and by 1.2% in the EU (after -1.3% and -1.6% respectively in the previous quarter). Exports increased by 2.5% in the euro area and by 2.3% in the EU (after + 1.7% and + 1.9% respectively in the previous quarter). Imports increased by 4% in the euro area and by 3.4% in the EU (after + 1.2% and + 1.6% respectively in the previous quarter).

The estimated inflation for May 2010 in the euro area stood at 1.6%, rose by 0.1% compared to 1.5% in April 2010.

Euro area unemployment reaches 10.1%

The euro area unemployment rate has reached 10.1% in April compared with 10% the previous month, 0.9% more than in April 2009 (when it was at 9.2%). This is shown by a Eurostat report .
The unemployment rate in the EU reached 9.7% in April, the same level of the previous month, but the 1% more than in April 2009 (when it was 8.7%).
According to Eurostat, the number of unemployed in April 2010 in the European Union has reached 23,311,000 (men and women), the euro area unemployment reached 15.860000000. The number of unemployed in the European Union and the euro area increased by 25,000 units compared with March 2010, while compared to April 2009, unemployment went up by 2.400000000 in the European Union and of 1.275 million in the euro area.

The lowest unemployment rate was recorded in the Netherlands, 4.1%, Austria 4.9%. While the unemployment rate the highest was recorded in Latvia, 22.5%, followed by Spain, 19.7%, and Estonia, 19%.

In France, the unemployment rate in April 2010 came to 10.1%, in Italy arrived all'8.9% (below the average u and the average euro area), in Great Britain came to 7.9% in Germany to 7.1%. The unemployment rate in the US reached 9.9%, in Japan stood at 5% (as of March 2010).

In the last year, from April 2009 to April 2010, the unemployment rate for men rose from 9% to 10% in the euro area, and dall'8.7% to 9.8% in the EU. The unemployment rate for women fell from 9.5% to 10.2% in the euro area, and dall8.7% to 9.5% in the EU.
For people under the age of 25 years, the unemployment rate rose from 19.3% to 20% in the euro area, and from 19.2% to 20.6% in the EU.
The youth unemployment rate was the lowest recorded in the Netherlands, 8%. The youth unemployment rate highest was recorded in Latvia, 44.6%, followed by Spain, 40.3%, and Estonia, 39.8%.

Born artificial life

For the first time was created in a laboratory cell with an artificial DNA that is able to reproduce. The results of the experiment conducted by the American scientist Craig Venter, were published in the American scientific journal Science . Venter has used a bacterium consisting of a single cell, the Mycoplasma mycoides , within which was present the DNA artificial built by Venter. The "new" bacterium has been called " Mycoplasma laboratorium ".
According to Venter this is a first step to building organizations with a DNA specific for particular tasks. For example, an organism that can capture carbon dioxide, or a body capable of eating the oil that could be helpful to limit the environmental damage in cases such as the accident at the BP platform off the coast of Louisiana.

Planet devoured by its star

A planet devoured by its star, is the phenomenon that has been identified thanks to a new tool of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS).
The phenomenon, in which there is transfer of material between the celestial body and the star, was already known, but in the past it was observed only between pairs of stars ( binary star systems ) and not between a star and a planet.
The star is called WASP-12 and is located in the constellation Auriga at a distance of 600 light years from the sun, the planet is called WASP-12b is a gaseous planet four times the size of Jupiter, and takes only one day to make a complete revolution around the star.
According to scientists within 10 million years the planet will no longer exist, completely "consumed" by his star.
The planet is so close to the star that its temperature reaches 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit (1,537 ° C), also known as the tidal forces of the star are literally "stretching" the planet to make it resemble a football.





Doubled the debts of companies in the last 10 years

According to a study of CGIA Mestre debts of Italian companies they have nearly doubled. In the period 1999-2009 the debt of Italian companies increased by 93.6%. The indebtedness of Italian companies towards the banks arrived, in 2009, to 933 billion euro. On average, each company has a debt with banks of EUR 176,596.

The province with the most indebted enterprises is the province of Milan with an average debt for the company amounted to EUR 418,361. Followed by Brescia, with an average debt for the company amounted to 324,037, and Siena, with an average debt for the company amounted to EUR 296,787.

The biggest increase in debt over the past decade occurred in the province of Siena (+ 229.7%). Second in the province of Rimini (with debt increased by 191.8%) and third in the province of Grosseto (with debt increased by 156.9%).

While from 1999 to 2008 the increase in debt has been progressively between 2008 and 2009, the debt of enterprises decreased by 2%, due to the effect of the credit crunch made by the banks due to the reduction of loan requests advanced by businesses.

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