16-year-old Greta Thunberg speaks at the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit.
An emotional Greta Thunberg tore into world leaders at a UN climate summit Monday, accusing them of betraying her generation by failing to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, as announcements by major economies fell far short of expectations.
The Swedish teen's impassioned speech, in which she repeated the words "How dare you" four times, was the defining moment of the meeting, called by UN chief Antonio Guterres to reinvigorate the faltering Paris climate agreement.
But rather than peaking, the level of emissions being released into the atmosphere are at an all-time high, triggering global weather hazards from heat waves to intense hurricanes and raging wildfires.
New data released Monday showed the 2019 Arctic sea ice minimum is ranked at second-lowest in the 41-year satellite record, effectively tied with 2007 and 2016.
"I shouldn't be up here. I should be back at school on the other side of the ocean," said Thunberg, 16, who has become the global face of a growing youth movement against climate inaction that mobilized millions in a worldwide strike on Friday.
"You come to us young people for hope. How dare you?" she thundered, her voice at times breaking with emotion.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not say explicitly whether his country would enhance its commitments made under the Paris agreement -- though he did say it was working on more than doubling its renewable energy capacity.
Fewer than half of the 136 heads of government or state in New York this week to attend the UN General Assembly attended on Monday.
Trump, who announced his intent to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement and has heaped scorn on climate science, had been expected to skip the event but made a brief unscheduled appearance, spending a few minutes in the hall, where he applauded Modi's speech and then left.
Earlier, opening the summit, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win."
"The country is experiencing its most intense cold snap since 2016," Hassan Abdallah from the Wasm meteorological centre, said on Thursday.
The activists drove up to the British Treasury in a fire engine and sprayed red paint through the hose onto the building, though at one point they lost control of the hose.
Climate activists placed more than 2,000 pairs of children's shoes in neat rows across London's Trafalgar Square on Monday to demand the British government stop bailing out carbon intensive industries that pollute the environment.
Over 2,200 students from the UAE received their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) results on Monday, marking an increase compared to last year’s candidate numbers.
Two UAE-based entrepreneurial brothers have pivoted telemedicine or telehealth into a new concept of hospitalization and healthcare delivery system.
In the presence of nearly 400 parents, children and educators, child experts and cyber safety experts in the UAE have warned of the dangers of gaming addiction, urging parents to design and implement fun and engaging summer camps for their children at home during the long summer break.