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UN secretary general links hurricane devastation to climate change

The catastrophic Atlantic hurricane season has been made worse by climate change, UN secretary general António Guterres said on Monday.

Guterres was joined at the UN general assembly in New York by a chorus of international ministers at a high-level meeting on Hurricane Irma, hastily called last week in response to the devastating storm that levelled several Caribbean islands in the last fortnight.

Guterres said cutting carbon emissions “must clearly be part of our response” to the disaster. “The rise in the surface temperature of the ocean has had an impact on weather patterns and we must do everything possible to bring it down.”

Kabsik Park

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