Greta Thunberg arrives in Europe by sailpower

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived by catamaran in the port of Lisbon after a three-week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from the United States. (MGN)
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MADRID (AP) Climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived by catamaran in the port of Lisbon after a three-week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from the United States.

The Swedish teen arrived in the port of the Portuguese capital on Tuesday and was sailing toward the quay, before heading to neighboring Spain to attend the U.N. Climate Change Conference taking place in Madrid.

Thunberg was to be met in Lisbon by local dignitaries and other activists.

Thunberg hitched a renewable-energy ride from the United States, joining an Australian family on their 48-foot yacht.

She wanted a low-carbon form of transport to get to the climate meeting, which was switched at short notice to Spain from Chile due to unrest there.

The yacht, named La Vagabonde, leaves little or no carbon footprint when its sails are up, using solar panels and hydro-generators for electricity.