Kerry, EU Discuss Further Cooperation on Climate Change

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Kerry, EU Discuss Further Cooperation on Climate Change

BRUSSELS—Renewed trans-Atlantic cooperation on addressing climate change will prompt other countries to take more action and improve prospects for coming global meetings on the issue, said President Biden’s special envoy for climate change, John Kerry, after meeting with allies here.

Mr. Kerry, making one of the first international trips by a senior member of the Biden administration, is meeting with leaders this week in London, Brussels and Paris, following the U.S. return to the Paris climate accord. On his agenda are efforts to coordinate with Europeans for a planned Earth Day environmental summit Mr. Biden is hosting next month and the United Nations COP26 environmental summit in Glasgow, Scotland, in November.

“This is the rekindling of a partnership that helped to make Paris happen, and we’re going to work hard to make Glasgow a success,” Mr. Kerry said in a meeting with European Union Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans. “Our leadership, we hope, will be critical in bringing other significant emitting nations to the table.”

Mr. Biden has made tackling climate change one of his top priorities, signing an executive order returning the U.S. to the 2015 agreement hours after taking office. The U.S. officially rejoined on Feb. 19.

Former President Donald Trump had exited from the accord in 2017, saying it put the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage through increased regulations and burdens on American companies. The response to climate change was one of many areas of tension between Mr. Trump and his European counterparts.

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