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SE Asia, India, Japan, China, Bangladesh most vulnerable to rising sea levels : UN chief

Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary General

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has identified South East Asian countries, Japan, China, Bangladesh and India as the countries most at risk due to rising sea levels. Sea levels are set to rise due to melting of glaciers due to global warming.

Guterres who was addressing media persons in Bangkok called climate change the biggest threat to sustainability and the ‘defining problem of our times’, he expressed concern over the rising level of oceans.

The UN chief is in Thailand to attend the ASEAN Summit. In order to substantiate his views he cited a recent research report published in the journal Nature Communications which has concluded that the sea levels are rising at a faster rate than previously anticipated.

Guterres regretted that the climate change is currently outpacing the actions by governments to limit it and that approx 300 million people would be flooded by sea water by the year 2050.

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