İrem UZUN -TDO- Millions of young people flooded the streets of cities around the world on Friday to demand political leaders take urgent steps to stop climate change. Among the largest of the protests is likely to be one in New York that will be led by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who testified before Congress this week that nations must take "unprecedented" actions to cut their carbon emissions in the next 10 years.

Protests were all over the globe. There were small demonstrations across Brazil on Friday. In the morning, dozens of school and university students occupied the steps of Rio de Janeiro’s state legislature in hot sun. They sang, waved placards and called for the removal of business-friendly environment minister Ricardo Salles.

Protesters in Germany planned more than 500 events to mark the global climate strike on Friday, including a large demonstration at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. The demonstrations in Germany come as Chancellor Angela Merkel's government faces increasing public pressure to take bold climate action following heat waves and protests dubbed Fridays for Future throughout the country.

Alarmed by images of the Greenland ice sheets melting and the Amazon rain forests burning, students and workers abandoned schools, shops and offices in nearly every corner of the globe, aiming to stop what they see as a looming environmental catastrophe.

In a paper published yesterday in the journal Science, 21 researchers from 14 countries said climate change is already damaging the planet more than scientists had projected, endangering everything from food supply to the existence of island nations.

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