World Mexico president to meet U.S. climate adviser Kerry near Guatemala
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will meet U.S. climate adviser John Kerry on Monday near Mexico's southern border with Guatemala, where the two men are expected to discuss a major tree planting program championed by the Mexican leader.
Kerry will visit part of the reforestation project in the state of Tabasco, Lopez Obrador said on Friday. The Planting Life project is seen by the government as both a way to capture carbon to tackle climate change and as a social program.
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BRUSSELS (AP) — Thousands of people young and old marched through Brussels on Sunday to push world leaders to take bolder action to fight climate change at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow starting this month. Some 80 organizations took part in the protest, aiming for the biggest such event in the European Union's capital since the start of the coronavirus crisis, which stopped the climate movement’s weekly marches in its tracks. Cyclists,Some 80 organizations took part in the protest, aiming for the biggest such event in the European Union's capital since the start of the coronavirus crisis, which stopped the climate movement’s weekly marches in its tracks.
The meeting comes ahead of the United Nations' COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, which neither Lopez Obrador nor his foreign minister is expected to attend.
Pushing back at critics who accuse his government of backsliding on climate action, Lopez Obrador also defended a major electricity reform bill he proposed earlier this month.
The reform prioritizes electricity from the state-run utility, the Comision Federal de Electricidad, or CFE, which mostly generates fossil fuel power.
It would also cancel or otherwise restrict power transmission from private electricity plants, including some new renewable energy facilities.
However, speaking on Friday at his regular morning news conference, Lopez Obrador emphasized that the legislation also envisions a significant increase in the CFE's hydroelectric capacity plus the construction of a massive new solar power project in northern Mexico.
Under President Joe Biden and chief international climate adviser Kerry, the United States has stressed the need for more aggressive action to address global warming.
(Reporting by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Jonathan Oatis)
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“It’s been definitely more challenging from the outset than any other COP”But the hope already seems to be fading among politicians and campaigners, with a week still to go before delegates step foot inside Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus. Political obstacles to success at the conference are mounting. Many world leaders of major emitters are declining to attend. Developing countries face major costs and barriers to participate. The U.K.’s COVID-19 transmission rates are near an all-time high.