The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told world leaders to end their addiction to coal. He said the addiction "must be overcome". Mr Guterres said the fossil fuel was a "major threat" to climate change. He was in Thailand for the ASEAN Summit. He said: "Countries in these areas are countries that are in one of the most vulnerable areas to climate change." He added that: "Unless we are able to...defeat climate change, in 2050, the research has forecasted that 300 million people in the world will be flooded by sea water."
Mr Guterres said climate change was, "the biggest threat to the planet at the present moment". He added: "We have to put a price on carbon. We need to stop subsidies for fossil fuels." He urged countries to stop building coal-power electricity plants so we can defeat climate change. The UN chief spoke on a day that saw "hazardous" levels of air pollution in Delhi. An Indian health official said air monitors did not have enough digits to record the pollution. He tweeted: "I think we are heading towards Delhi recording the most polluted day in the history of the world!! This is a disaster!"