Bardem says ‘pay attention’ to nature

Javier Bardem asks for action to protect the world’s oceans as he addresses the United Nations. (AUg. 20)

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Sir Elton John slams articles criticizing Prince Harry and Meghan for taking a private jet to go on vacation; Brad Paisley out as CMAs co-host after 11 consecutive years; Javier Bardem takes his fight to protect the oceans to the United Nations. (Aug. 20)

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This 14-Year-Old Climate Activist Is Giving Up School to Save the World

Alexandria Villaseñor is standing in front of the U.S. Capitol and posting Instagram stories like any other teenager.

“Is there any good music that goes with climate action?” the 14-year-old asks a group of activists.

A couple of suggestions later, a song that’s more than twice her age blasts from her phone speakers on abbreviated loop: “It’s the end of the world as we know it… It’s the end of the world as we know it…”

And Alexandria doesn’t feel fine. Over the next few hours, she’ll have meetings with both of New York’s senators to ask them to do what they can to ensure her generation doesn’t experience the actual end of the world because of climate change.

“I notice a lot of politicians are looking at what is politically possible,” she told VICE News in an interview. “But I did think with some politicians I talk to that we’re on the same page on how urgent this is.”

Around the globe, young people like Alexandria see the climate crisis as the existential threat to their generation. They’ve skipped school in more than 130 countries to demand policy changes, following the lead of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old from Sweden who is currently sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to attend the United Nations climate talks in September.

As one of the movement’s American organizers, Alexandria has also become a prominent young critic of world leaders’ inaction. Even though nearly 200 countries pledged in the Paris Agreement to keep global temperatures from hitting catastrophic levels, laws and norms aren’t changing quickly enough, and global greenhouse gas emissions are still going up.

When her classmates go back to middle school this fall, Alexandria won’t be joining them. Instead, she’ll take on eighth grade via independent study so that she can lead her global youth network, Earth Uprising, and continue her activism at full blast.

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Tuberculosis | AFP Animé

Videographic on tuberculosis. HIV-related deaths last year fell to around 770,000 — some 33 percent lower than in 2010 — the United Nations said Tuesday, but warned that global efforts to eradicate the disease were stalling as funding dries up.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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AIDS | AFP Animé

Videographic on the AIDS virus. HIV-related deaths last year fell to around 770,000 — some 33 percent lower than in 2010 — the United Nations said Tuesday, but warned that global efforts to eradicate the disease were stalling as funding dries up.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Lloyd Wright buildings get UNESCO designation

The United Nations’ cultural body, UNESCO, has announced eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings will become World Heritage Sites. (July 8)

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Hundreds start to gather for anti-Maduro protest in Venezuela | AFP

Hundreds of people start to gather in front of United Nations offices in Venezuela for a protest against President Nicolas Maduro called for by opposition leader Juan Guaido, following a damning UN report pointing out attacks on political opponents and activists. IMAGES

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