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    The lack of collective will in Europe regarding refugees is indefensible

The lack of collective will in Europe regarding refugees is indefensible

As the refugee crisis intensifies and pressure mounts for a pan-Europe strategy, Melanie Henwood examines the confused debate and argues that Britain must not stand by as a mere spectator to an unfolding tragedy.

The mass movement of people attempting to cross Europe in search of a safe haven and a better life is believed to be the largest such migration […]

September 4th, 2015|Melanie Henwood|1 Comment|
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    An Australian points system for immigration would be entirely inappropriate for the UK’s economy

An Australian points system for immigration would be entirely inappropriate for the UK’s economy

Immigration is one of the key issues in the context of the UK’s EU membership referendum, with several politicians advocating a shift away from free movement within the EU toward an Australian points-based system for managing immigration. But would such a system help or hinder the UK economy? Randall Hansen writes that while the system has a mixed record […]

The rise and rise (?) of zero-hours contracts

While the evidence is mounting that zero-hour contracts are here to stay, we shouldn’t overplay their impact on the labour market: they still affect only a very small minority of workers and some value the flexibility they bring, writes Laura Gardiner. 

For many, zero-hours contracts (ZHCs) are emblematic of the UK’s labour market experience during the financial crash, contributing to stronger-than-expected […]

  • On July 20, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy steamed south in the Arctic Ocean toward the edge of the sea ice.The ICESCAPE mission, or "Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment," is NASA's two-year shipborne investigation to study how changing conditions in the Arctic affect the ocean's chemistry and ecosystems. The bulk of the research takes place in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in summer 2010 and 2011.Credit: NASA/Kathryn HansenFor updates on the five-week ICESCAPE voyage, visit the mission blog at:?go.usa.gov/WwUNASA image use policy.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA?s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA?s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency?s mission.Follow us on TwitterLike us on FacebookFind us on Instagram
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    UK newspaper misleads public about impacts of climate change on the Arctic

UK newspaper misleads public about impacts of climate change on the Arctic

New figures for this year’s reduction in Arctic sea ice extent have exposed the major errors in an article by The Mail on Sunday. In this article, Bob Ward takes to task the newspaper and the Press regulator for failing to uphold the public interest.

President Obama is this week visiting Alaska to highlight climate change, not least because the […]

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    It is time for the European Union to redefine what it means to be a ‘refugee’

It is time for the European Union to redefine what it means to be a ‘refugee’

EU member states will hold a meeting on 14 September to discuss Europe’s escalating migration crisis. As Christopher J. Ayres writes, the crisis has prompted discussions over whether individuals seeking to enter the EU should be classified as ‘refugees’ or simply ‘migrants’. He argues that in light of these debates it is time for the EU to drop the […]

September 2nd, 2015|Featured|2 Comments|
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    In Scotland, public appetite for further fiscal decentralisation is fuelled by greater levels of trust in Holyrood than in Westminster

In Scotland, public appetite for further fiscal decentralisation is fuelled by greater levels of trust in Holyrood than in Westminster

Popular pressure for further fiscal devolution from Westminster to Holyrood is less a matter of wanting to pursue a different policy agenda, says David Eiser, and more a matter of who the electorate trusts. 

It has often been argued that further powers over taxes and welfare spending should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament because Scots have a different set […]

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    How young homeless people experience London and the homeless system

How young homeless people experience London and the homeless system

A new book by Emma Jackson explores how young homeless Londoners experience and negotiate the city and the homeless system. One important issue they face is whether they have access to the welfare state, as place of origin and migration status have impacts on what can be accessed and by whom.

A group of young homeless people sit around a large map of […]

Why we should get three-day weekends – all the time

The idea of working less is not only feasible, it is also the basis for a better standard of life, argues David Spencer. Work does not set us free, rather it hems us in and makes it more difficult to realise ourselves.

As we enjoy the August bank holiday and a three-day weekend, it is worth reassessing the amount of time we […]

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