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Britain's King Charles to miss climate summit



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Britain's King Charles III is a well-known environmentalist. For decades, he has spoken on green issues. He made the world aware of the dangers of climate change long before many world leaders did. He had been invited to attend the 27th UN climate change conference in Egypt next month to give a speech. However, officials say there has been a change of plan and he will not be attending. Many newspapers in the U.K. say King Charles will not attend the conference after Britain's new prime minister, Liz Truss, advised him not to. A royal expert told a newspaper that: "It is no mystery that the King was invited to go there. He had to think very carefully about what steps to take for his first overseas tour."

Many newspapers in England are reporting that Liz Truss did not want the new King to attend COP 27 because he disagrees with her government on climate change. Ms Truss became prime minister four weeks ago. She has already lifted a ban on fracking in the U.K. Fracking was banned in the U.K. because of the risk of environmental damage and the possibility of earthquakes. King Charles has a history of "declaring war" on climate change. At COP21 in Paris in 2015, he called for a "vast military-style campaign" and "trillions, not billions, of dollars" to fight it. U.S. President Biden praised King Charles' leadership on climate change. He said: "We need you badly."

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