Global Greenhouse Emissions Reach Record High + More News

by Debra Brown

Global Greenhouse Emissions

Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


UN Reports Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Still Rising

Greenhouse gas emissions have risen steadily for the past decade despite the current and future threat posed by climate change, according to a new United Nations report. The annual report compares how clean the world’s economies are to how clean they need to be to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change, a disparity known as the “emissions gap.” The emissions have grown by 1.5 percent a year over the last decade, and must now decline by 7.6 percent each year until 2030.

Global emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases have continued to steadily increase over the past decade. The report warns that countries must promise to reduce emissions three to five times more than they already have. Plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle, from its production to its refining and the way it is managed as a waste product.


Uber Loses London License 

London transit officials have decided not to extend the company’s license. In a statement, Transport for London (TfL) said it had identified “a pattern of failures” that placed passengers at risk. It said 14,000 trips taken recently involved unauthorized drivers who were able to pass themselves off as other Uber drivers.

Uber said it would appeal the decision not to renew its license. The city first declined to renew its license in 2017, citing several concerns including how Uber responded to serious crimes. Uber appealed that decision and was later granted permission to operate for 15 months.

Transit officials, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, expressed concern that thousands of recent journeys involved unauthorized drivers uploading their photos to the accounts of other Uber drivers, allowing them to pick up passengers as if they were the booked driver.


LVMH Buys Tiffany For $16.2 Billion

French luxury group LVMH will buy the heritage American jeweler Tiffany & Co. for $16.2 billion, making it the biggest luxury brand acquisition ever and adding to the firm’s portfolio, which includes Louis Vuitton and Sephora. The acquisition, confirmed is the biggest yet by LVMH Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault. 

The deal will strengthen LVMH’s position in North America and build on its foundation in the jewelry market.


California To Boycott Trump-aligned Carmakers

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state would stop buying vehicles from General Motors, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and other automakers who have joined with Trump in seeking to strip the state’s authority to set its own greenhouse gas emission standards. The California Air Resources Board said its board members and staff would cut ties with those Trump-aligned automakers in another way, by not attending the L.A. Auto Show for the first time in more than 50 years.


Trump Orders Creation of Task Force on Missing Native Americans

Donald Trump has signed an executive order creating a White House task force on missing and slain Native Americans and Alaska Natives. The task force will be overseen by Attorney General William Barr and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. It is tasked with developing protocols to apply to new and unsolved cases and creating a multi-jurisdictional team to review cold cases.

The National Institute of Justice estimates that 1.5 million Native American women have experienced violence in their lifetime, including many who are victims of sexual violence. On some reservations, federal studies have shown women are killed at a rate more than 10 times the national average.


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