Difference between The Mail and The Guardian’s take on UCL migration study

Originally posted on EJHEATHUCA:

uk-border_controlThe UCL released a study on migration last week, and both the Guardian and the Daily Mail wrote up their take on the subject, each putting their own political ideologies on the matter.

The clear political divide of the two newspapers is clear by their titles of the articles.

The Mail’s headline was ‘How migrants from outside Europe leave a £100billion hole in the public purse: Amount taken in benefits and services is 14% higher than money put back’.

This clearly shows that the Steve Doughty, who wrote the article, understands the audience he is writing for, a readership with a right-wing political viewpoint. The headline takes in the study, and summarises it in a negative form, how the migrants from outside Europe who leave a £100 billion hole, and take out more benefits than money they put back in, which tells readers that migrants are damaging our country.


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Severe Weather Warning Issued for South of England

Originally posted on Fire Earth:

Worst Storm of the Year to Hit England Next Week

The UK Met Office has warned that a severe storm forecast for Monday has the potential to cause danger to life and widespread disruption in the south of England.

An amber warning for wind has been issued and there is also concern that heavy rain could cause flash flooding, on or about Monday, October 28, 2013.

The Met Office has warned people in the forecast area of strong winds adding that they “should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures.”

Amber Warning for High Wind

“A very intense low pressure system is forecast to run northeastwards across the country early on Monday, bringing the potential for an exceptionally windy spell of weather for southern parts of the UK. At the same time, persistent, heavy rain could cause some surface water…

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Andrew Montford and the BBC News

Originally posted on Wotts Up With That Blog:

Andrew Montford, who writes the Bishop Hill blog is a noted climate science “skeptic”. In the run-up to the release of the IPCC’s AR5 SPM, the BBC had a number of news reports about climate science. One of the reports included a segment with Andrew Montford in which, if I remember correctly, he made some comments about uncertainty in the models. Andrew Montford is clearly quite heavily involved in the climate change debate (having written a couple of books, running a popular blog, and written some reports for the Global Warming Policy Foundation) but he isn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, a climate scientist. So, I was surprised that the BBC chose to include him in a report that seemed to be specifically about climate science, rather than – for example – about policy.

Andrew Montford actually has a degree in Chemistry, so maybe he does understand climate…

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A Fashionable Climate Model

Originally posted on ramblings of a dabbler:

Originally posted on the Waypoints blog at EarthFix.

Some clever and well-dressed scientists are using a pun to spur some fun educational outreach.

Climate Models Calendar cover. Credit: Charlie Naebeck.

Climate Models Calendar cover. Credit: Charlie Naebeck.

The Climate Models Calendar is a project featuring scientists from Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Yes, people who create climate models are now climate models.

Rebecca Fowler and Francesco Fiondella, who are science communicators with two of the climate institutions, created the project. They teamed up with photographers Charlie Naebeck and Jordan Matter to produce the photos for the calendar.

I exchanged a few emails with the Fiondella and Fowler. Fiondella wrote about how the project came about:

The original idea for the calendar likely came from sleep- and caffeine-deprivation, which generally causes me to get anomalously corny. The play on…

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Climate tax off table – Bravo

Originally posted on Daily Browse:

Climate tax, aid and fees off table as cabinet toughens stance | The Australian.

“Cabinet ministers have decided to reject any measures of “socialism masquerading as environmentalism” after meeting last week to consider a submission on the position the government would take to the Warsaw conference.”

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Science and Distortion

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Science and Instinct

Originally posted on Modelling Diaries:

Former Australian prime minister John Howard is in the press today for a talk he gave in London at the Global Warming Policy Foundation. “I instinctively feel that some of the claims are exaggerated” he said, talking about the consensus of climate scientists who argue that climate change is a real and urgent issue. It’s a fantastic soundbite, but perhaps mostly because he has actually encapsulated in 10 words the beliefs held by many, many people about human-induced climate change.

Is science instinctive?

Clearly, the issue is his choice of the word “instinctively”. Instincts have no place in science (unless you’re studying instincts themselves I suppose…), right?

I think we can be honest: instincts are integral to the scientific process. I mean, they’re informed instincts, honed over years of studying theory, experimental data and models, but they’re instincts none the less. And we don’t tend to call them instincts. “Hypotheses”…

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