UN Chief Antonio Guterres Warns Asia To Quit 'Addiction' To Coal As Climate Change Threatens Region

The United Nations chief has warned Asia to quit its "addiction" to coal, as climate change threatens hundreds of millions of people vulnerable to rising sea levels across the region.

The warning follows fresh research this week predicting that several Asian megacities, including Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Mumbai, are at risk of extreme flooding linked to global warming.

Antonio Guterres said Asian countries need to cut reliance on coal to tackle the climate crisis, which he called the "defining issue of our time".

Australia is the world's biggest coal exporter, with most Australian coal being sent to Asia.