With over 154 million subscribers, the most-subscribed channel on YouTube, T-Series, is from India. According to multiple reports, India is also the second-biggest market for YouTube after the US, both in terms of views and subscribers. Both these feats validate India’s “next billion users” narrative bandied about by many new-economy evangelists. What this thesis overlooks, though, is that big numbers don’t count for much unless they also yield big results. Recently, a financial insights hub called Top Dollar published a report on the top YouTubers from every country and their estimated earnings from the platform. Among other things, it makes one take a hard look at the efficacy of the big numbers we harp on. As per this report, Ajey Nagar, popular comedy content creator and gamer, is the top individual YouTuber from India. Currently, Nagar has more than 25.7 million subscribers on his channel CarryMinati. The report also estimates his monthly income from the … [Read more...] about Why India’s top YouTubers have a long way to go versus rest of the world
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This can cause lengthy delays, and culture collections around the world have increasingly stopped accepting new cultures from Indian researchers. “We have sent emails several times to [NBA] asking about the access availability of Indian resources. However, we didn’t get any replies until now,” reads an email from the Korean Collection for Type Cultures sent to a researcher in Shouche’s lab. “For this reason, we have decided not to take Indian resources/strains from now on.” … [Read more...] about Strict biodiversity laws prevent Indian scientists from sharing new microbes with the world
The absence of such big players makes COVAX's success more precarious. Additionally, some high-income countries—including the US—have brokered individual deals with vaccine developers to secure millions of doses if a vaccine proves successful in trials. The deals, which Tedros has criticized as “vaccine nationalism,” could undercut supplies for global distribution. Conversely, if deals don’t result in secured doses—such as in the highly probable scenario that individual vaccines will fail late-stage clinical trials—countries that only have bilateral deals could struggle to gain access to a successful vaccine. The WHO has instead suggested that countries can make their own deals while also buying into the global effort. … [Read more...] about 156 countries commit to fair COVID-19 vaccine access, but US won’t join
In 1896, a grieving woman showed up at the office of her Manhattan veterinarian with an unusual request: Her dog had just died, and she wanted to give it a proper burial. The sympathetic doc offered a spot in his apple orchard north of the city. Word caught on, and soon the vet was besieged with similar requests. Today, his former country retreat is the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery & Crematory, the first pet cemetery in the United States and the final resting place of more than 70,000 dogs, cats, and other animals. … [Read more...] about Dogs and cats became family—and got their shot at heaven—after World War II, gravestones reveal
But it will require a U-turn. A recent study by Myllyvirta and colleagues found that China’s coal-fired generating capacity grew by about 40 gigawatts (GW) in 2019, to about 1050 GW. Another 100 GW is under construction and coal interests are lobbying for even more plants. “This is all despite significant overcapacity in the sector,” with plants running at less than 50% of capacity and many coal-power companies losing money, the study said. Canadell says the building boom is the result of misplaced incentives to build coal plants and create construction jobs. He predicts many of the new plants will barely be used or become stranded assets that have to be written off. … [Read more...] about Can China, the world’s biggest coal consumer, become carbon neutral by 2060?