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Charles reveals concerns over the environment

Prince Charles has said there is "awful lot to worry about" in relation to the world's environmental resources and wildlife.

He said his conservation efforts were driven by a need to leave future generations a world "which isn't even more destroyed and damaged and dysfunctional than it need be".

He listed his areas of concern from the continuing destruction of rainforests, to the threat to endangered animals like rhinos, elephants and tigers and the need for sustainable cities.

Charles said: "The world has looked to the United States for leadership in so many challenging circumstances in the past.

"However, today we are faced by truly exceptional challenges and threats - a veritable 'perfect storm' which, if not met by strong, decisive and far-sighted leadership, could overwhelm our capacity to rectify the damage and thereby destroy our grandchildren's future inheritance."

His comments came after he was presented with the exceptional leadership in conservation honour, from the International Conservation Caucus Foundation during a ceremony in Washington.

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Thousands attend climate change protest in London

More than 5,000 protesters have gathered outside Parliament in London calling on politicians to take tougher action on climate change.

Crowds of environmental activists cheered as a host of speakers including Vivienne Westwood, who appeared via video link, and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas attacked the Government and accused it of not taking action.

Protesters shouted 'power to the people, power to the polar bear' as they marched towards Parliament. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
More than 5,000 protesters called on the government to do more to protect the planet. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Demonstrators carried placards with messages such as 'climate not trident' and 'say no to fracking'. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Protesters first gathered at 1pm on Saturday at Lincoln's Inn Fields before marching to Parliament. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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