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