Students protest in Madrid, Spain during the wave of global demonstrations against climate change on March 15. Photo: Oscar Del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of youth students and protestors joined global protests on Friday in a massive demonstration against climate change, sparked by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Our thought bubble, per Axios' Andrew Freedman: The protests on Friday are the largest and most widespread demonstrations on this issue since the run-up to the Paris Climate Summit in 2014 and 2015, and illustrate that young people feel a sense of urgency on this issue that those in power have lacked.

Greta Thunberg walks with protestors in Stockholm, Sweden on March 15. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images
Climate change protesters and police clash in Naples, Italy on March 15. Photo: Ivan Romano/Getty Images
Students protest in New Dehli on March 15. Photo: Laurène Becquart/AFP
Young people chant outside the Panthéon in Paris, France on March 15. Photo: Kiran Ridley/Getty Images
Youth gather on March 15 in front of Barcelona City Hall in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images
Protestors outside Sydney Town Hall in Australia on March 15. Photo: James Gourley/Getty Images
Students protest in Kampala, Uganda on March 15. Photo: Isaac Kasamani/AFP
Hundreds of youth gather on March 15 in Munich, Germany. Photo: Alexander Pohl/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Austrian students gather outside the Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria on March 15. Photo: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images
Students rally in Auckland's Aotea Square over climate change on March 15 in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images
Gatherings emerged in Seoul, South Korea on March 15. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images
Protestors congregate near the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 15. Photo: STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Students and protestors walk down the street in Tokyo, Japan on March 15. Photo: Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images

Go deeper: Read more on the global Future for Friday protests

Go deeper

Supreme Court won't block Rhode Island's eased absentee voting rules

Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

The Supreme Court said Thursday that it will not block Rhode Island's move to ease its requirements for absentee voting during November's election.

Why it matters: The decision is a loss for Republicans, who had requested an emergency order as the state is expected to begin mailing out its ballots.

Breaking down Uber and Lyft's threat to suspend services in California

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Uber and Lyft are ratcheting up the fight with California’s state government over the classification of drivers with a move that would deprive Californians of their ride-hailing services (and halt driver income).

Driving the news: On Wednesday, both companies said that if a court doesn’t overturn or further pause a new ruling forcing them to reclassify California drivers as employees, they’ll suspend their services in the state until November’s election, when voters could potentially exempt them by passing a ballot measure.

Trump announces normalization of ties between Israel and UAE

Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, Trump and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto; Samuel Corum; Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump announced a "historic" deal Thursday which will see Israel and the UAE open full diplomatic relations and Israel suspend its annexation plans in the West Bank.

Why it matters: This is a major breakthrough for Israel, which lacks diplomatic recognition in many Middle Eastern countries but has been steadily improving relations in the Gulf, largely due to mutual antipathy toward Iran.