Extinction Rebellion protests on April 27. Photo: Claire Doherty/In Pictures via Getty Images

The U.K. Parliament officially declared "an environment and climate emergency" on Wednesday, following pressure from the the Extinction Rebellion activist group and the opposition Labour Party — which claims the U.K. has become the first country in the world to do so.

The big picture: The declaration, which is the first of its kind, came after 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke to U.K. lawmakers last week, asking for more government action to combat climate change. Protestors from Extinction Rebellion have taken over the streets in London and become a source of recurring pressure for lawmakers. The climate emergency has no clear definition, but will act as a symbolic, national recognition of the problem, CNN reports.

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In photos: Coronavirus restrictions grow across Europe

A closed-down pub in Dublin on Oct. 19. Under Ireland's new six-week-longh measures, taking effect at midnight on Oct. 21, most must stores close, home visits will be banned and a three-mile travel limit will be imposed for exercise.

The Republic of Ireland's Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced Monday evening the country would this week return to its highest level of lockdown restrictions.

The big picture: Restrictions are returning across Europe as the continent faces a second coronavirus wave. Several countries have imposed regional lockdowns, but Ireland is the first to return to a full nationwide lockdown. Take a look at what's happening, in photos.

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The 2020 holiday season may just kill Main Street

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Online retail and e-commerce have been chipping away at brick-and-mortar businesses over the years but the combination of the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 holiday season may prove to be a knockout blow.

State of play: Anxious consumers say financial concerns and health worries will push them to spend less money this year and to do more of their limited spending online.