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Climate Change

G-7 seeks end of coal power, adding pressure on Japan and US

Chair UK accelerates effort for blocwide commitment

Japan relies on coal for 32% of its electricity mix, more than any other country in the Group of Seven.   © Reuters

LONDON -- Group of Seven nations agreed to stop financing international coal power projects by the end of this year at their first dedicated climate ministerial meeting, ramping up pressure on Japan and the U.S. to make a concrete commitment on abandoning the carbon-intensive energy source.

The two-day meeting of leading industrial nations, which ran through Friday, was held online. Attendees included Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi and Hiroshi Kajiyama, the minister of economy, trade and industry, as well as U.S. climate envoy John Kerry.

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