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Rising seas threaten ‘mass exodus on a biblical scale’, UN chief warns

An increase in the pace at which sea levels are rising threatens “a mass exodus of entire populations on a biblical scale”, the UN secretary general has warned.

The climate crisis is causing sea levels to rise faster than for 3,000 years, bringing a “torrent of trouble” to almost a billion people, from London to Los Angeles and Bangkok to Buenos Aires, António Guterres said on Tuesday. Some nations could cease to exist, drowned under the waves, he said.

Heavy flooding in Bangkok. The UN chief warned people in major cities across the world faced catastrophic difficulties. Photograph: Matt Hunt/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

Door: Damian Carrington, 14-02-2023

Afbeelding: Matt Hunt/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

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