There is a strong desire among Dutch farmers to reform the agricultural sector so that it uses climate-friendly methods, according to an opinion poll among Dutch farmers by Geleen Consultancy on behalf of newspaper Trouw. The researchers asked farmers about their own welfare, the current agricultural sector and their ideas for the future. Only 6 percent of respondents said they currently work organically. But over 80 percent said they want to switch to climate-friendly methods. Half of the respondents said that they want to switch to a sustainable form of farming within the next 10 years. According to the farmers, this is not only less harmful to the environment, but also economically stronger. Three quarters said they are willing to cooperate with critical green organizations to achieve the change. 70 percent said they no longer find it acceptable that nature is under pressure due to intensive agriculture and livestock farming. They believe that the focus should no longer be on … [Read more...] about Dutch farmers want to switch to climate-friendly methods
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Today's the day you get to decide who deserves a seat on the council in Plymouth. Polling stations across the city will throw open their doors today for the 2018 Local Elections - giving constituents the opportunity to change up the faces who represent their ward or vote back in someone who fights hard on their behalf. Some have gripes about fly-tipping, waste bin collections and safety on our roads - so this is your chance to decide if those in power are doing a sound job or whether someone else with a fresh perspective should tackle the problems. Council elections: The key wards that could determine Plymouth's future But there are many residents who love Plymouth and who will want to reward their local councillor's hard efforts with a ticket to remain in power for another term. One seat in 19 of Plymouth's 20 council wards are up for grabs; with Plympton Earle constituency being exempt from election this time around. Big decisions; but that's the beauty of living in a country where … [Read more...] about Plymouth local election: Where is my nearest polling station?
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s political pollsters have been told by a parliamentary committee to upgrade their methods to avoid the high-profile failures of recent years. Newspapers are displayed for sale the day after Britain voted to leave the EU, at a newsagents in central London, Britain June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall Polls in Britain failed to predict the result of the last two general elections and the 2016 referendum on whether to stay in the European Union. In a report, the House of Lords committee on political polling and social media said there had been a widespread loss of confidence in polling. These failings, it said, had prompted concerns over the extent to which inaccurate polls might be shaping the political narrative during election campaigns, and the report called for pollsters to update their methods, saying that traditional demographic weighting based on socio-economic class is no longer valid. They recommended that pollsters develop new methods … [Read more...] about UK political pollsters told to upgrade methods to improve predictions
Back in late 2016, following a year of political upsets, I argued here that political polling and forecasting wasn’t dead but needed to adapt. Fast forward a little over a year, and change is already apparent.Polls in the U.K. badly missed in the 2015 general election, showing a tied result when then Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s party emerged with a six-and-a-half-point margin of victory. They wrongly predicted a Remain victory in the 2016 referendum on European Union membership, and were wildly off-target again in the 2017 general election. In the U.S., state polls — particularly in states where whites without college degrees are numerous — missed key swing-state victories for Donald Trump in 2016. Although the magnitude of polling misses hasn’t changed much over time, the number of close, high-stakes contests has increased the risk of a bad call on a major vote. This matters especially in the U.K., because in a … [Read more...] about We Are Finally Getting Better at Polls
An Avro RJ 100 landing at Bromma Airport in Stockholm. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT A small majority of Swedes are in favour of a new tax on air travel, a new survey suggests. Pollsters Ipsos quizzed voters for the DN newspaper and found that 53 percent of respondents supported such a tax, compared to 44 percent when the same poll was carried out a year ago. Some 35 percent are opposed to the tax, a figure that DN reports has not changed significantly in the past year. However, the number of undecideds has gone from 20 percent to 12 percent. The new tax will come into force on April 1st. It adds 60 kronor ($7.29) to the cost of domestic flights and flights within the EU, while long-haul flights of more than 6,000 kilometres cost 400 kronor more. Flights to countries outside the EU, but not travelling further than 6,000 kilometres, cost 250 kronor more. Pitched as a green tax that will encourage consumers to choose more environmentally friendly transport methods, it has been … [Read more...] about Majority of Swedes support new aviation tax: poll