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Scientifically Improved Crops: Expediting Africa’s War Against Poverty

September 13, 2021 by

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By Vijay Raj Jayaraj ~ The popular mainstream media hardly captures the struggle for development in Africa. Apart the usual anecdotes on poverty, we are seldom showcased the actual interventions needed in the continent. According to latest estimates, about 490 million people in Africa are living in extreme poverty. That is more than the population […]

How Palm Trees Reduce Hurricane Damage And Generate Income For The Poor

April 28, 2021 by

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By Vijay Raj Jayaraj ~ Growing up near the lush green tropical forests of India, I’ve always had a fascination for people’s ability to use their surrounding ecosystem in beneficial ways. In academia, we call it as Ecosystem Services, i.e., an essential service that an ecosystem can offer to communities. There are a number of […]

Biden’s Renewables Push In A Fossil Fuel World

March 2, 2021 by

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By Vijay Raj Jayaraj ~ President Biden has declared war on Fossil fuels.  He is also pushing for an end to international funding for fossil fuels in foreign countries. But do these ambitious plans to curb fossil use and reduce emissions make any sense when the majority of world’s primary energy is still derived from […]

Don’t Fall For The Media’s Crafty Coverage Of Cold Weather

February 28, 2021 by

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By Vijay Raj Jayaraj ~ Parts of the River Thames in London froze recently following subzero temperatures across the UK. The last time this happened was in 1963. The Netherlands shivered at minus 20 degree Celsius. Across the Atlantic, Americans experienced extreme February snowfall, causing power outages for millions of homes in Texas. In Russia, […]

Renewables And Nuclear: False Hopes And Unfounded Fears

November 30, 2020 by

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By Vijay Raj Jayaraj ~ The world is becoming an increasingly hostile place for power plants that use traditional fossil fuels to generate power. Even Joe Biden, who is expected to become President of the U.S. soon, has made it a priority to abolish traditional fossil fuel-based power. But among the available alternative energy sources, […]

Africa’s Priority: Unrestricted Energy Development

October 25, 2020 by

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By Vijay Raj Jayaraj ~ Africa has been recording fast economic growth in the last two decades, with an average annual GDP growth of 4.6% (2000-2016). However, that has not been sufficient to meet the developmental goals and poverty is again on the rise. In recent years, poverty rose slightly in Africa for the first […]

Eco-Anxiety: A Dangerous And Unscientific Doomsday Construct

October 15, 2020 by

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By Vijay Raj Jayaraj ~ “Eco-anxiety” is now a popular term. It is being increasingly used in the media to describe an anxiety condition resulting from the fears about the coming environmental destruction. Climate Xchange for example, defines Eco-anxiety as a “feeling of stress, grief, helplessness, and fear of uncertainty associated with the grim outlook […]