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In pictures: Live Earth concerts

An Australian aboriginal at Live Earth in Sydney

The series of Live Earth concerts, organised in nine cities to raise awareness of climate change issues, began in Sydney.

Toni Colette performs at Live Earth in Sydney

Toni Colette, star of Muriel's Wedding, played in Sydney with The Finish, a band which also features her husband.

Al Gore appears as a hologram at Live Earth in Tokyo

Live Earth was inspired by former US Vice-President Al Gore, who appeared as a hologram as the Tokyo gig began.

Rize play at Live Earth in Tokyo

In Tokyo local favourites - such as rockers Rize - shared the bill with overseas acts including Linkin Park.

Singer Ayaka performs at Live Earth in Tokyo

Japanese singer Ayaka urged fans to change their daily habits as a first step to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

The Live Earth stage in Shanghai

Thousands of fans also gathered in Shanghai to see artists including Anthony Wong and Sarah Brightman.

Snoop Dogg

Rapper Snoop Dogg was among the international artists playing in Hamburg.

Shakira

Colombian singer Shakira opened the Hamburg concert, which also had Yusuf Islam and Katie Melua on the bill.

Benin Singer Angelique Kidjo

Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo urged the audience in Johannesburg to "Get your butt out there and do something."

Keith Urban (L) and Alicia Keys (R)

Keith Urban and Alicia Keys were among the big names at Giants Stadium, New Jersey.

Francisco Jamaica and Jose Geraldo da Silva at the Live Earth concert in Rio de Janeiro

At the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro fans got into the spirit of the event.






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