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This week the crucial UN climate meet opens in Bangkok with countries attempting to draft a binding rulebook to implement the Paris Agreement ahead of the December 2018 deadline. Adhering to the Agreement is becoming critical as climate change unleashes devastating floods in Kerala, prolonged drought in Australia and blazing wildfires in California. However theres some positive news as well with the state voting to go 100% renewables-powered by 2045, while India has approved $77mn in subsidies for faster adoption of EVs.
Nearly 1,400 lives have been lost and several million people displaced across 10 states as climate change-driven heavy monsoon rains unleash floods and landslides across India. Kerala, Assam, Odisha, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are the worst hit, with Kerala alone reporting 488 casualties. The deluge has also destroyed crops over a combined area of over 188,000 hectares, and disturbing reports are now emerging on casualties in Kerala caused by rat fever a waterborne disease that spreads faster in flood-ravaged regions.