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Guterres Says Global Heating Pushing Ocean Temperatures to New Heights

Tue 24 Jan 2023 | 03:41 PM
Ahmed Emam

UN Secretary-General António Guterres indicated that global heating is pushing ocean temperatures to new heights, fueling more frequent and intense storms, rising sea levels, and the salinization of coastal lands and aquifers.

He also noted that some 35 per cent of global fish stocks are over-exploited.

“Meanwhile, toxic chemicals and millions of tons of plastic waste are flooding into coastal ecosystems – killing or injuring fish, sea turtles, seabirds and marine mammals, making their way into the food chain and ultimately being consumed by us,” Mr. Guterres added.

The UN chief made these remarks during his visit to the Ocean Science Centre Mindelo, in São Vicente, a state-of-the-art facility that hosts large marine scientific equipment such as deep-sea robots, as well as electronics workshops, and cutting-edge laboratories.