For the second year in a row, the number of coal-fired power plants under development worldwide dropped steeply in 2017, led by major declines in China and India, according to a new report released by Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and CoalSwarm.

The very active North Atlantic hurricane season, major monsoon floods in the Indian subcontinent, and continuing severe drought in parts of east Africa contributed to 2017 being the most expensive year on record for severe weather and climate events.

Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrheal disease among children under 5. Especially in South Asia, rotavirus remains the leading cause of mortality in children due to diarrhea. As climatic extremes and safe water availability significantly influence diarrheal disease impacts in human populations, hydroclimatic information can be a potential tool for disease preparedness.

For every 100 mm drop in average rainfall, farmer incomes fall 15% during the kharif season and 7% during rabi, the survey said

Upgrading Asia-Pacific's biggest ports to cope with the effects of climate change will cost up to $49 billion, but the bill could be even higher if no action is taken, researchers said.