The kingdom may have stretched its current limits by extracting a record of around 10.7 million bpd this year... one reason why Riyadh pushed so hard for a global deal to cut production. Riyadh... felt the burn of cheap oil this year...as the reality of its costly war in Yemen and the task of shaking up its economy to create thousands of jobs began to sink in. The government is trying to boost non-oil revenue and modernize the economy through an ambitious reform plan called "Vision 2030."

Americans in their 20s and 30s could lose trillions of dollars in potential lifetime earnings as climate change disrupts the global economy and weakens U.S. productivity ... The higher economic costs would come from extreme heat limiting outdoor work and altering agricultural output, as well as sea level rise eating away at highly populated and economically productive coastal cities, among other impacts.

Consumers all over the U.S. will soon begin seeing words legislated by the state of Vermont ... Congress failed to pass an industry-supported measure that would have created a voluntary national standard for labeling — and also would have preempted Vermont's law ... since food companies can't create different packaging just for Vermont, it appears that the tiniest of states has created a labeling standard that will go into effect nationwide.

Segregation indices for other ethnics decline as they work their way out of poverty, or as they become second- and third-generation Americans. But neither wealth nor time does the same for blacks. In Los Angeles the poorest Hispanics are less segregated than the most affluent blacks. In the Chicago area the segregation index for blacks earning less than $2,500 a year is 91.1. For those earning over $50,000 it's 86.3.