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Greta Thunberg: Climate change activist sails into New York City

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Greta Thunberg said her voyage across the Atlantic would be “a huge challenge”

Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg has landed in New York after a 15-day journey across the Atlantic by boat.

She will be participating in UN climate summits in New York City and Chile.

The 16-year-old Swede sailed from Plymouth in the UK on a solar-powered yacht in order to minimise the carbon footprint of her travel.

On Wednesday morning, she anchored at Coney Island and expects to come ashore this afternoon.

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Twitter post by @GretaThunberg: We have anchored off Coney Island - clearing customs and immigration. We will come ashore at North Cove Marina earliest 14 45 tide allowing. Image Copyright @GretaThunberg
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Greta was expected to arrive sooner, but rough seas slowed her progress. She has been documenting the 3,000-mile (4,800km) voyage on social media.

As she departed the UK two weeks ago, she told the BBC that travelling by boat sends a signal that “the climate change crisis is a real thing”.

She will be present at the UN climate summit on 23 September and the COP25 climate conference in Chile in December.

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The teenager has made headlines for her “school strikes” which have inspired a worldwide climate change protest movement.

Her first “strike for climate” took place outside the Swedish Parliament in August last year.

Greta travelled on the Malizia II, a high-speed, 60ft (18m) racing yacht with underwater turbines and no carbon emissions.

She made the journey with her father, captain Boris Herrmann, Monaco royal family member Pierre Casiraghi and a Swedish documentary maker, Nathan Grossman.

Media captionThe Swedish teen behind the climate strikes

The teenager was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year.

Greta has been diagnosed with Asperger’s, a form of autism, which she told the BBC allows her to “see things from outside the box”.

“If I would’ve been like everyone else, I wouldn’t have started this school strike for instance,” she said.