• Three-Quarters of Britons Want BBC Licence Fee Scrapped

    • Date: 29/12/19
    • Mail on Sunday

    An overwhelming majority of Britons want the BBC licence fee scrapped, a new poll has shown, as the ex-Ofcom chairman called for a Netflix-style subscription model to replace it. Three-quarters of people want it axed, with more than six in 10 backing Boris Johnson’s plans to decriminalise payment of the £154.50 fee. The Prime Minister has criticised the current enforcement regime […]

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  • 75% Of Britons Agree That BBC Licence Fee Should Be Abolished

    • Date: 28/12/19
    • Daily Express

    THE BBC licence fee has come under attack from former Daily Telegraph Editor Charles Moore who told Radio 4’s Today Show that by “bearing equally heavily on everybody” the fee “victimises poor people”. Former editor of the Daily Telegraph, Charles Moore revealed why he believed the BBC’s funding model is outdated. The Margaret Thatcher biographer […]

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  • Are Australian Wildfires Due To Climate Change?

    • Date: 24/12/19
    • Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That

    What does the actual data say? Many have questioned what role climate change has played in the Australian wildfires currently wreaking havoc in NSW and across the border in Queensland. The commonly heard cry is that it is now hotter and drier than in the past. But what does the actual data say? First, let’s […]

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  • Trump’s Open Science Plan Alarms Academic Publishers & Scientists

    • Date: 18/12/19
    • EdSurge

    White House officials are working on an executive order that would boost public access to federally funded research, prompting publishers to panic about the future of their business models, according to people familiar with the plan. Ostensibly, the order would follow longtime bipartisan interest in improving public access to research that is paid for by […]

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  • The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season

    • Date: 12/12/19
    • Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That

    Globally, 12-month running averages indicate nothing out of the ordinary, either for all hurricanes or major ones The Atlantic hurricane season has now officially ended, so let’s check the numbers. There have been six hurricanes in total, including three major ones, Dorian, Humberto and Lorenzo. Coincidentally both numbers are the same as the average since […]

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  • Arctic Temperature Was 7°C Warmer Than Today 10,000 Years Ago

    • Date: 08/12/19
    • Willem G.M. van der Bilt, William J. D`Andrea Johannes P. Werner Jostein Bakke, Geophysical Research Letters

    Early Holocene temperature oscillations exceed amplitude of observed and projected warming in Svalbard lakes Abstract: Arctic climate is uniquely sensitive to on‐going warming. The feedbacks that drive this amplified response remain insufficiently quantified and misrepresented in model scenarios of future warming. Comparison with paleotemperature reconstructions from past warm intervals can close this gap. The Early […]

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  • BBC’s Polar Bear Nonsense Debunked, Again

    • Date: 06/12/19
    • Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science

    Ryrkaypiy ‘over-run’ by >50 polar bears is probably due to more Chukchi Sea bears – not less A scary-sounding headline from the BBC today screams “Ryrkaypiy: Far-north Russian village overrun by polar bears“. A little research would have shown (as I do below) that this sort of event is not unusual for this village, there […]

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  • Societal Impact Of Justinian Plague May Have Been Exaggerated

    • Date: 05/12/19
    • Science News

    Archaeological evidence suggests a sixth century epidemic didn’t radically change European history An ancient bubonic plague outbreak often characterized as a mass killer that felled Eurasian civilizations was actually pretty tame, researchers say. Known as the Justinianic plague, the outbreak likely didn’t cause enough deaths to trigger major events such as the eastern Roman Empire’s decline, Islam’s […]

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