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UN environment chief resigns over excessive travel expenses

Erik Solheim
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Erik Solheim, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), has resigned following an internal audit that found he spent nearly $500,000 on flights and hotels in 22 months, reports The Guardian.

Why it matters, per Axios science editor Andrew Freedman: UNEP is the UN's primary environmental organization, and having a leader perceived to be jetting around the world — with a high carbon footprint —  jeopardized the reputation of the agency. Solheim's resignation comes just as the group is set to release a key report analyzing how much of a gap exists between current pledges by world leaders to cut global emissions of greenhouse gases and what is needed to meet targets in the Paris climate agreement.

House Oversight will investigate Ivanka Trump's use of personal email

Ivanka Trump
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The House Oversight Committee will lead an investigation into whether Ivanka Trump's use of a personal email account for official government business violated federal law, reports the Washington Post.

The big picture: The use of personal email accounts by White House officials is one of at least 85 targets that may be considered by Democrats for investigation now that they've taken control of the House. According to incoming chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the House Oversight Committee launched a bipartisan investigation into the controversy last year, but never received a response from the White House.

All of Amazon's major 2018 acquisitions

Amazon logo on its Silicon Valley office
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Amazon made waves Tuesday when it was reported that the e-commerce giant has entered a bid for Disney's 22 regional sports networks, collectively worth $20 billion.

The big picture: In terms of mergers and acquisitions, 2017 was Amazon's most active year on record, according to CB Insights, headlined by its $13.9 billion purchase of Whole Foods. But while national attention was largely fixated on the company's year-long search for a second headquarters, Amazon's M&A pace in 2018 remained strong.

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