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Sunday June 23rd, 2019 evening edition

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A major study on how to limit global warming could be dropped from formal UN climate talks in Bonn this week after a “gentlemen’s agreement” was made under pressure from Saudi Arabia.

The report was commissioned by the UN after the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.

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Now, with UN talks set to continue this week in Germany, Saudi Arabia still objects to the study being part of formal climate negotiations.

“This is a gentlemen’s deal that is not very gentlemanly,” Jennifer Tollmann, policy advisor at think-tank E3G told Climate Home News.

The aim was to help those in power to ward off climate change and support sustainable economic development.

Saudia Arabia’s senior negotiator Ayman Shasly has previously told Carbon Brief he does not wish to formally “welcome” the IPCC report. »

Why People Procrastinate: The Psychology and Causes of Procrastination – Solving Procrastination

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People are more likely to procrastinate when their goals are vague or abstract, compared to when their goals are concrete and clearly-defined.

For example, goals such as “get fit” or “start exercising” are relatively vague, and are therefore likely to lead to procrastination.

Note that some researchers refer to procrastination that occurs for this reason as arousal procrastination, in contrast with avoidant procrastination. »

Thanks, Uncle Sam! After tax cuts, Texas Instruments spent $5 billion on stock — three times more than R&D

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It spent over $800 billion on company shares last year, pushing stock buybacks to their highest level ever.

Close to home, Texas Instruments paid $5.1 billion to repurchase shares in 2018 — twice as much as the year before and more than any Texas company in the S&P 500.

TI’s effective tax rate dropped from 39% in 2017 to 17% last year, thanks to corporate tax cuts approved in late 2017 by Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump. »

Flying insects in hospitals carry 'superbug' germs

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A total of 86 bacterial strains were found in the insects.

In some cases, the level of bacteria carried by insects was enough to potentially cause infection in humans.

The study also found that 53 percent of the bacterial strains on the insects were resistant to at least one class of antibiotics -- so-called "superbugs." »

Fairlife, Coca-Cola, hit with second wave of lawsuits over animal abuse allegations

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Citing a statement​​ Coca-Cola issued on June 6 in which it unveiled plans to conduct “independent investigations of all fairlife’s dairy suppliers,” ​the complaint adds:.

“Coca-Cola has, at all times relevant to this lawsuit, including to this day, maintained control over Fairlife—including regulating animal welfare.”​.

It also said it would increase the number of unannounced animal welfare audits at its supplying dairies from one to 24 per year. »