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An Amazon worker packs items in east England on Nov. 27, 2019. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of French environmental activists protested at an Amazon warehouse on Thursday, ahead of other "Block Friday" protests planned in France, AP reports.

The big picture: Free and fast shipping — driven by Amazon — pushes e-commerce companies to add more trucks and jets to gain a competitive edge, and delivery boxes are exacerbating the global plastics crisis, Axios' Erica Pandey reports.

The backdrop: Environmental groups like Extinction Rebellion in Canada and Climate Strike Geneva are also planning "Block Friday" events to protest the environmental costs of packing and shipping goods.

  • In New York City, Amazon employees are protesting current working conditions ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. They are asking for three 30-minute breaks in 10+ hour shifts instead of two 15 minute breaks and one 30 minute break, Vox reports.
  • Amazon workers experienced more weekly injury counts on Cyber Monday and Prime Day in 2018, according to a report released this week form the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Go deeper: Retail's climate cost is going up

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The "war on nature"

A resident stands on his roof as the Blue Ridge Fire burned back in October in Chino Hills, Calif. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

Apocalyptic weather is the new normal because humans are "waging war on nature," the UN declared on Wednesday.

What they're saying: "The state of the planet is broken," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, reports AP. “This is suicidal.”

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: Nursing homes are still getting pummeledU.S. could hit herd immunity by end of summer 2021 if Americans embrace virus vaccines, Fauci says.
  2. Politics: Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework.
  3. World: U.K. clears Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for mass rollout — Putin says Russia will begin large-scale vaccination next week.
  4. Business: Investors are finally starting to take their money out of safe-haven Treasuries.
  5. Sports: The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight.

Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to use a $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief framework as a basis for jumpstarting negotiations.

Why it matters: The framework, introduced by a group of bipartisan senators on Tuesday, calls for significantly less funding than Pelosi had previously demanded — a sign that Democrats are ready to further compromise as millions of Americans endure economic hardship.