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Barometer | 2 June 2016

Also in our Barometer column: Trains, migrants and Alastair Cook’s batting milestone

Gorilla warfare

Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, was shot at Cincinnati Zoo after he started dragging away a boy aged four who had fallen into his enclosure. What are world’s biggest threat to gorillas? — There are approximately 100,000 left in the wild, most of them western lowland gorillas who live in the Congo. — Two per week are believed to be falling victim to poachers. — According to one estimate, a quarter of all gorillas have been killed by the Ebola virus in the past 12 years. — Gorillas contribute to their own decline through infanticide. When a dominant male dies the successor will often kill his offspring, accounting for 1.7% of all gorilla deaths, according to one study.

Chill waters

A dinghy full of migrants was rescued off the Kent coast. How does crossing the English Channel compare with crossing the Mediterranean?
CALAIS-DOVER: 21 MILES Sea temp. 7.5˚C (March) 17.7˚C (Sep) TURKEY-KOS (AGEAN): 3 MILES Sea temp. 16.9˚C (March) 25.3˚C (Aug) TUNISIA-SICILY: 89 MILES Sea temp. 14.2˚C (Feb) 26.1˚C (Aug)

Fare comparison

The single fare on Britain’s most expensive train, the Heathrow Express, increased to £24, which works out at £1.93 per mile. How does that compare with summer deals on flights from Heathrow? Sums given are per mile, with total ticket prices in brackets.
Paris (Air France) 27.4p (£58)
New York (Aeroflot) 12.2p(£423)
Rio de Janeiro (Alitalia) 6.8p (£395)
Sydney (Vietnam Airlines) 5.4p (£570)

Runaway success

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Alastair Cook became the 12th cricketer in history to score more than 10,000 runs in Test matches. At 31 he becomes to youngest batsman ever to achieve the feat.However,

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