My finding of the week: Polar bears and other species may become extinct in 40 years if global warming continues to make oceans warmer. Source: North Carolina University.
Of all senior ministers, Phillip Hammond is the only one that Brits would trust to look after the country while the prime minister is away. 33% trust him, while 30% don’t, giving him a net positive rating of 3%. Source: YouGov. The number of homicides in London has increased by 44% since last April, to more than 150 victims. Source: UK Government. Doctors, lawyers and teachers are more likely to relax with a drink each night than manuel workers. England has the highest proportion of adult drinkers at 57.8%, compared with 50% in Wales and 53.5% in Scotland. Source: Office for National Statistics. Half of Brits think that Britain did more than the US and Russia to defeat the Nazis. Source: YouGov. There has been a 149% increase in the number of court applications in Wales to remove children into care over the past nine years. In 2008-09, 422 applications were made; in 2017-18, this increased to 1,050. Source: Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. 60% of Brits think that Amber Rudd was right to resign, while 14% think she shouldn’t have, and 26% don’t have an opinion on it. Source: YouGov. A third of people addicted to sex are aged 26-35 years old, and 91% of the addicts are men. Source: Association for the Treatment of Sex Addiction and Compulsivity. 63% of Brits think that immigration into the UK over the past 10 years has been too high. This is slightly down on the 2016 figure of 70%. Source YouGov. People in England and Wales were much more likely to move home in the 1970s than in the first decade of the 2000s. In the 1970s, 55% of people moved address at least once. In the 2000s this fell to 45%. Source: Queen’s University Belfast. 74% of Texans still support the death penalty. Source: US Government.
Each week in the UK, more than 300 businesses close down. Source: The Insolvency Service. The highest paid town and city in the UK is London, with an average weekly wage of £727. The next six highest earning places are Reading, Crawley, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Slough and Oxford – all of which are found in the south-east of England. Only 8% of jobs in Glasgow pay an average of £915 per week. Source: Office for National Statistics. The Just Eat group recorded gross revenue of £177.4m in the first quarter of 2018 – an increase of 49% on the previous year. Source: Just Eat. BP has had the best quarterly result in three years. Profits increased by 71% to £1.9bn from £1.1bn last year. Source: BP. Erratic weather and poor sales over Easter caused high street sales to drop by 3.8% in April. Source: BDO High Street Sales Tracker. TalkTalk has been named the UK’s worst broadband provider for customer service. Source: Ofcom.
40% of pupils in their first year of secondary school have such a limited vocabulary that it is affecting their learning. Breadth of vocabulary is strongly influenced by the number of words a child comes into contact with on a daily basis, be it from reading books or though conversations with friends and family. Source: Oxford University Press.
The most polluted place in the UK, in terms of air pollution levels, is Port Talbot, followed by Scunthorpe and Salford. Source: World Health Organisation. Roses could be genetically engineered to smell sweeter in the future, or indeed have a completely new scent. Source: Nature Genetics. 20% of sexually active men over the age of 65 in the US use medication or supplements such as Viagra to have sex. 50% of those aged between 65 and 80 say that sex improves their quality of life. Source: Michigan University. A new smartphone can run up to 60 calculations, solving up to 24,000 problems in six hours if fully charged and plugged in. Source: Vodafone. Extreme weather disrupts the life cycle of Europe’s bats. In the past year, some bats were found to skip winter hibernation, and others gave birth early. Source: Porto University. The evolution of birds from dinosaurs was a very long and gradual process. For a long time there would have existed creatures that looked half-dinosaur and half-bird. Source: Edinburgh University. Despite Egyptians authorities being 90% sure that there is a hidden chamber behind the wall of Tutankhamun’s tomb, scientific research has disproved the likelihood of such a room. Source: Egyptian Government.
Fewer than 8% of visually-impaired people in the UK read Braille. Source: BBC. In 2009, 450,000 women in England missed an invitation for routine breast cancer screening due to NHS errors. Source: BBC. Each year, 11,500 people in the UK develop brain tumours. They are the biggest cancer killers of children and the under-40s. Source: Cancer Research UK. 16% of Brits think that hay fever can be spread like the common cold. 22% think that sufferers should keep their windows open for 'fresh air.' Source: Met Office. Autophagy, which is a natural regeneration process that occurs at a cellular level in the body, could help us to lose weight, look younger and prolong life. Source: Jacksonville University.
In order to combat overtourism – where popular destinations and attractions accumulate too many visitors – a quarter of Brits think that the best remedy would be to allocate time slots for entry. 18% think that an app should be created to show how many people are currently at a destination or attraction at any given time. Source: YouGov.
An outbreak of toxic caterpillars has descended on London. Each one has around 62,000 hairs on its body which can cause eye irritations and fever if come into contact with. Source: Forestry Commission. The UK uses around 8.5bn plastic straws each year. Source: Marine Conservation Society.