Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg is set to arrive in New York on Tuesday, after a two-week Atlantic crossing on a yacht. The Malizia II racing yacht – skippered by Pierre Casiraghi, the son of Monaco’s Princess Caroline, and German round-the-world sailor Boris Herrmann – left Plymouth in southern England on August 14th for a two-week voyage in order to enable the Swedish teen to attend a UN summit on zero emissions in September in New York.

The 16-year-old, whose school strikes have inspired children across the world to protest against global warming, refuses to fly because of the carbon emissions caused by planes. On Monday, the sailboat was nearing the US coast with strong downwinds. “Strong winds are pushing us west. We expect to arrive at North Cove Marina in Manhattan, New York, sometime Tuesday afternoon or evening,” Thunberg wrote on Twitter.

Her voyage has however sparked controversy after a spokesman for Herrmann, the yacht’s co-skipper, told Berlin newspaper TAZ that several people would fly into New York to help take the yacht back to Europe. Herrmann himself will also return by plane, according to the spokesman. Team Malizia’s manager insisted however that the young activist’s journey would be climate neutral, as the flights would “be offset”.

NYT: The long-term health effects of rising temperatures and heat waves are expected to be one of the most dangerous consequences of climate change, causing “tens of thousands of additional premature deaths per year across the United States by the end of this century,” according to the federal government’s Global Change Research Program.

Yup: the UN, a 16 year old sailing for 2 weeks, some government scam, and the NYT. These idiots deserve one another.

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