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Post-Brexit Fishing Industry feels misrepresented and misled



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Members of the UK’s fishing industry feel they were unfairly portrayed and misled during and after the EU Referendum, according to new research from foul weather fishing gear manufacturer Stormline

The study, involving more than 700 people working in the UK fishing industry and the first to measure sentiment toward the mainstream media among fishing industry professionals, found that 80% believed the media’s campaign coverage was misleading and 78% felt that the industry on the whole was portrayed unfairly. Of the Leave voters who felt the industry was portrayed unfairly, 81% complained that the media portrayed them as being ‘racist’.

8% of Leave voters who felt they were portrayed unfairly complained they were portrayed as being racist, xenophobic, selfish and out-of-touch.

On the whole, the study found that the vast majority of UK fishing professionals felt marginalised in some way by the referendum campaigning. Only 8% said they felt the media treated the industry fairly and 2% felt the mainstream media was generous in its portrayal of the fishing industry.

7% of UK fishing industry professionals said they ignored mainstream media coverage of the EU Referendum and 13% say they ignored the mainstream media’s portrayal of the industry.

Regan McMillan, director of Stormline, said: “Britain’s membership of the EU has had a direct and material impact on the lives of people working in the fishing industry for many years. Some blame EU fishing quotas for the decline of the British fishing industry, others in the industry believe the EU has had a positive impact on British fishing.

“Regardless of how they voted, anyone who relies on the fishing industry will have had to consider how their decision impacts on their own livelihood and future. For many, this will have been the main factor that drove their decision.

“Yet one of the most dominant post-Brexit narratives was that Leave voters were either racist, out-of-touch, or they were tricked. For any person that relies on the fishing industry for their livelihood – and who put a lot of thought into their vote – this accusation will be hard to stomach.

“Our study shows that both Leave and Remain voters in the industry felt marginalised and misled by parts of the mainstream media.”

Study findings in full:

On the media’s campaign coverage

Thinking about the media’s coverage of the Referendum campaign, how do you feel now? Leave voters Remain voters Weighted average**
I felt misled 82% 66% 80.24%
I felt well-informed 6% 18% 7.32%
I ignored mainstream campaign coverage 7% 6% 6.89%
I felt neither misled nor well-informed 5% 10% 5.55%

On the media’s portrayal of the UK fishing industry

As part of the fishing industry, how do you feel you were portrayed by the media? Leave voters Remain voters Weighted average**
I was treated unfairly 79% 68% 77.79%
I was treated fairly 6% 21% 7.65%
I was treated generously 2% 4% 2.22%
I ignored the mainstream media’s portrayal of the industry 13% 7% 12.34%

To those who felt unfairly treated

Why do you feel this way? Leave voters Remain voters Weighted average**
I feel I was portrayed as being racist 81% 1% 72.20%
I feel I was portrayed as being xenophobic 6% 3% 5.67%
I feel I was portrayed as being selfish 4% 66% 10.82%
I feel I was portrayed as being out of touch 1% 30% 4.19%
All of the above 8% 0% 7.12%


A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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