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

By Damian Carrington

14 Feb 2023 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has called for urgent action as climate-driven rising sea levels puts the lives of almost a billion people at risk. The Guardian reports on the latest.

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.

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