Our favourite fundraiser Captain Tom Moore, the war veteran who has raised over million for the NHS by walking the length of his garden 100 times, has been sent more than 25,000 birthday cards for his 100th birthday.
In March we shared the news that dogs were being trained by scientists to see if they could detect coronavirus through their sense of smell and, now, in the UK, three Cocker Spaniels, a Labrador, a Labradoodle and a Labrador Golden Retriever are being trained to detect the virus in passengers arriving at UK airports. It is believed that a 0.5 second sniff could detect the virus in asymptomatic travellers.
Daily emissions of carbon dioxide fell by 17% by early April compared with 2019 figures, according to the first major study of global carbon output this year. The drop in greenhouse gas emissions is due to global lockdowns worldwide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This is the sharpest drop in carbon output since records began. The UK's decline in emissions was 31% in this period.
recent study of humpback whales that breed off the coast of Brazil has shown that numbers have increased back up to the numbers seen before the days of whaling. Scientists say this is not only good news for the whales, but for the planet as protecting the current population of whales is keeping more than 800,000 tonnes of safely stored, around twice the annual emissions of a country the size of Bermuda.
Lockdown baking is about to get little more exciting than the classic banana bread. Warburtons has unveiled its crumpet recipe after 30 years of secrecy, allowing bakers to give it a go at home. The recipe, which has stayed the same since 1988, was published on the bakers' Instagram account and calls for plain flour, water, salt, sugar, baking powder and yeast.
British Gas engineers across the UK will deliver food parcels to help struggling food banks. In 48 hours 1,750 engineers have signed up to the programme, with an aim to deliver 50,000 food parcels a month nationwide.