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Greta Thunburg arrives at climate conference

CLIMATE change activist Greta Thunberg concluded a three-week boat journey at the port of Lisbon today to attend the UN climate change conference.

The Swedish teenager crossed the Atlantic Ocean from the US and will head to Madrid for the event.

Ms Thunberg wanted to take a low-carbon route to the climate meeting, which was switched at short notice to Spain from Chile due to the revolutionary uprising in the Latin American country.

The yacht she used leaves barely any carbon footprint when its sails are up and it converts energy from solar panels and hydro-generators into electricity.

Her arrival coincides with new scientific evidence saying that the world is continuing to get even hotter. A report by the UN weather agency found that the current decade is likely to set a new 10-year temperature record.

Annual figures by the World Meteorological Organisation will not be released until March. But 2019 is also expected to be the second or third warmest year since measurements began, with 2016 holding the record.

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