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Carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere are higher than they have been for the past 23 million years - and it's a direct result of human activity, study shows 

Researchers say today's high levels of CO2 are a direct result of human activity and are fluctuating at a rate never seen in the geological timeline.

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Earth-skimming meteoroid dipped 56 miles into the atmosphere over the Netherlands and Germany before returning to space

A meteoroid skimmed Earth's atmosphere for 19 seconds over the Netherlands and Germany. The object came in as low as 56 miles in altitude, covering a path of more than 466 miles before returning on its journey through space. Researchers from Western University traced it to a Jupiter-family orbit, but was unable to identify matches of potential parent bodies.

Scary, bit close for comfort.

Ancient Roman villa packed with rare mosaics is unearthed under a block of flats at foot of the Aventine Hill where wealthy citizens lived 2,000 years ago

Archaeology: Roman villa packed with mosaics unearthed under flats at foot of the Aventine

Archaeologists first exposed the remains of the home (bottom right) - a so-called 'domus' that would have belonged to members of the upper class - in Rome back in 2014. Hidden for some two millennia, the now-subterranean villa contained black-and-white mosaics (left and top right) and various Roman artefacts - including oil-burning lamps, a key, a hammer, a water tap and a hairpin.

THE MYTH OF ROME'S FOUNDERS: ROMULUS AND REMUS

In Roman mythology, Romulus and his twin brother Remus were left in a basket on the River Tiber.

In legend, they were the sons of Rhea Silvia, the daughter of Numitor, the former king of Alba Longa.

Through this lineage, the twins were descended from the Trojan hero Aeneas and Latinus.

A she-wolf found the twins at the the base of a fig tree after their mother was forced to abandon them. 

The wolf cared for the boys and raised them. letting them suckle on her. 

They learned of their true ancestry as they grew up and overthrew Amulius, the man who forced them to be abandoned. 

The two brothers set out to build their own city but cold not agree on where. An ensuing melee resulted in the death of his brother Remus.

 

Wow that is fantastic, thanks Celia, interesting stuff. Seems to have a little of a wobble in it but looks in great condition after all these years.

 

 

If you enjoyed that Incognito, have a look at this!   

 

It has always fascinated me, saw Pompeii a few times starting as a 13 year old with my parents.

 

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-treasures-pompeii-180972829

 

Massimo Osanna, Pompeii’s general director and mastermind of the project, is convinced that the notation was idly doodled a week before the blast. “This spectacular find finally allows us to date, with confidence, the disaster,” he says. “It reinforces other clues pointing to an autumn eruption: unripe pomegranates, heavy clothing found on bodies, wood-burning braziers in homes, wine from the harvest in sealed jars. When you reconstruct the daily life of this vanished community, two months of difference are important. We now have the lost piece of a jigsaw puzzle.”

Map / Massimo Osanna

Massimo Osanna is restoring public faith in Pompeii after years of neglect; 3.5 million people visited in 2018, a million more in 2012. (Map by Guilbert Gates; Chiara Goia)

The robust campaign that Osanna has directed since 2014 marks a new era in old Pompeii, which earlier this decade suffered visibly from age, corruption, vandalism, climate change, mismanagement, underfunding, institutional neglect and collapses caused by downpours. The most infamous occurred in 2010 when the Schola Armaturarum, a stone building that featured resplendent frescoes of gladiators, keeled over. Giorgio Napolitano, Italy’s president at the time, called the incident a “disgrace for Italy.” Six years ago, Unesco, the United Nations agency that seeks to preserve the world’s most significant cultural assets, threatened to place Pompeii on its list of World Heritage sites in peril unless Italian authorities gave higher priority to protecting it.

The project has led to the opening, or reopening, of dozens of passageways and 39 buildings, including the Schola Armaturarum. “The restoration of the Schola was a symbol of redemption for Pompeii,” says Osanna, who is also a professor of classical archaeology at the University of Naples. He has assembled a vast team of more than 200 experts to conduct what he terms “global archaeology,” including not only archaeologists but also archaeozoologists, anthropologists, art restorers, biologists, bricklayers, carpenters, computer scientists, demographers, dentists, electricians, geologists, geneticists, mapping technicians, medical engineers, painters, plumbers, paleobotanists, photographers and radiologists. They’re aided by enough modern analytical tools to fill an imperial bathhouse, from ground sensors and drone videography to CAT scans and virtual reality.

 

 

 

Yes incredible have seen a documentary on Pompeii excavations. 

Nothing to Smile about here.

 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry top the Royal Family's gas-guzzling league says energy firm after couple's African tour generated nearly the same carbon footprint as average Briton does in a whole yearMeghan Markle and Prince Harry top the Royal Family's gas-guzzling league, says energy

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (left, during a visit to Auwal Mosque in Cape Town, South Africa) engaged considerably less with environmental charities and engagements between March 2019 and 2020 than the other Royals, while they also had the third-worst carbon footprint, producing an estimated three tonnes of CO2 each as a result of their trip around Africa (right, Meghan and baby Archie with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town). The average Briton emitted 8.34 tonnes of CO2 per person in 2017 - the last year when such data for the UK was available on Global Carbon Atlas. An energy comparison firm has also found that Prince Charles, who has a reputation for being environmentally conscious, has the worst travel footprint of the 10 Royals considered, producing an estimated nine tonnes of CO2 in the last year

 

Geez, so much for caring for the environment, hope they bought carbon credits and paid to have some tree's planted in lieu.

 

 

Prince William says his father Charles was 'ahead of his time' on climate change and 'now is the time to act' as he launches $90m Earthshot Prize for people and companies tackling environmental crises

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, has launched the most prestigious global environment prize in history, as the five challenges at the heart of The Earthshot Prize are unveiled.

 

Yes Prince Charles the Greenie, so great the Prince William is following his footsteps.

Yes I always thought it was a bit rough of everyone that loved to make fun of Charles; even now they are still making him out to be the fool.  I think he has put up with an awful lot of negativity from idiots.

I remember working with a lady who had a friend living near the Sandringham Estate and she used to go up to their little church, she said she would often find him as a young man sitting on a pew while she did the church flowers, gosh that was back in the late 60s she told me that and I still remember it!

I agree, Prince Charles is so much more than what the tabloids said about him and of course he really got attacked when he split with Diana, but the fact is he never wanted to marry her and was actually trying to get out of the marriage, he must be the most misunderstood royal.

Did you know he is also a patron of the Homeopathy Society? He is into homeopathy as much as the Queen is.

Yes I am aware Incognito, the queen has been a big follower of Homeopathy for years, she probably introduced Charles to it.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the UN World Food Programme for 'its efforts to combat global hunger' 

The World Food Programme has been announced as the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize by judges in Norway, scooping a $1million cash award.

 

Great choice, glad it did not go to Trump lol

I think Greta would be happy too. She would have got too much flack from media and Greta haters.

 

Foodies are urged to avoid wild sea bass and eat SCALLOPS to encourage sustainable fishing and help save the dolphins 

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has added these species to its 'red category' of fishes to avoid buying and eating in its Good Fish Guide.

Yes if humans keep eating their source of food it will be a huge problem, here is the guide:

https://goodfish.org.au/

Yes Celia, I taught myself how to make the link!

Grin.  Good for you!

I recently saw David Attenboroughs 2 specials "Extinction - The Facts" and the most recent  "A Life on the Planet" and it hit home. Sadly there are many dangers ahead and CO2 is one, Methane is another.

Did you see or read the list of states who do logging? Qld is the worst of all. What a way to be promoted.

ACT 1500 Hectares (hereafter written as H)

NT 4,800 H of trees 30+ yrs old, and 27,00 H of trees under 30 yrs old.

TAS 16,200 H of trees 30+ yrs old, and 50,300 of trees under 30 yrs old.

SA 11,500 H of trees 30+ yrs old, and 97,200 H of trees under 30 yrs old.

VIC 16,300 H of trees 30+ yrs old, and 161,600 H of trees under 30 yrs old.

WA 68,700 H of trees 30+ yrs old, and 219,720 H of trees under 30 yrs old.

MSW 88, 300 H of trees 30+ yrs old, and 574,700 H of trees under 30 yrs old.

QLD 370,900 H of trees 30+ yrs old, and 2,075,700 H of Trees under 30 yrs old.

What a shame to all states. And it will get worse thanks to the Qld cow who has just give the OKAY to her bum buddy Adani to go ahead with his destructive mine. Lets face it Deb Freckles is just as useless. Greens are okay for environment and wanting to save wildlife but they are other things they don't hold true too. Its the same with all in power and the wanna be in power, there's none of them that haven't been bought by big companies by crossing their palms with buckets of finances and claiming it a thier voting fees or offering them huge perks.

Do you know what? I am NOT voting at the election. Come what may I really don't give a rats arse anymore. When Government states it doesn't acknowledge petitions that aren't at least 200,000 with signatures, it begs a real math issue when the dirty corrupt pollies totally ignore a petition with almost 300,000 signatures.

They are all in it for what they can get, there is no other reason for them to be there. If it were an unpaid job or a minimal paying one, you would be hard pressed to get any of them to put their hand up. I also have been watching TV in a different light of late - Classic Bob Katter being interviewed and you could see I don't want to be here with his body language. Then there Anthony Albanese - same thing but he showed contempt under a false smile to the one who was interviewing him. I am now watching all these A-holes with a body language decipher.

My best one was Scomo, slimo did a runner so he wouldn't have to talk about climate change. His overpaid minders blocked the interviewer long enough for him to make his great escape. Doing nothing out of the normal - did it during the bushfires and went AWOL. He's a friggin yellow bellied spineless coward, and that llittle sh!t runs this country.

 

To Beemee:

Yes and sadly many of these tree's are Koala habitat, you only have to look also at the extinction rate of wildllife, Australia is the worst for it.

I think you do need to vote Beemee, because it is your only chance to make a difference, every vote counts, go for a smaller party or independant that you feel aligned to, look them up online and read their policies and ask your local candidate questions.

There is always hope for a better Australia and we have to keep fighting.

Just ignore Sharkie Sophie, just wants to feel superior, and do her troll work.

 

 

I am getting so involved with the environment and animals I can't see anyone taking any damn notice. There seems to be a deaf lot in Canberra who only hear the tinkling sound of coins and flapping of notes. They are totally deaf to anything else.

I was almost in tears watching David Attenborough shows, shocked too, but the look on his face was so disheartening as if he was at his ropes end to make people listen. At 93 how many years does he have left to fight for this planet?

Yes I know of Sophie the Troll. I have been ignoring it in the past and will continue to do. Seems like the need to incite a riot. So I don't bother with a response, windbags are left to fly away.

I should be used to it now, the sight of that poor koala running into the flames and crying, but I burst into tears everytime it comes on TV about climate warning or future bushfires.

I don't care what anyone says - I see slimo as a murderer - murdering the planet and all that is upon it because he will not act on Climate Change. I see him as a Thief - he has stolen the good life of fresh air, good food and water from my 5th Great grandson who is now only 3 days old.

 

I am100% with you Beemee,  I am over the bloody lot of these CROOKS they are wrecking the place with their utter greed -- money momey and money thats all they care about -- I will also not be voting as no matter who the hell you give your vote to it will always go to either Libs or Lab and the bloody lot of them are crooks and I am OVER them totally because they NEVER take any notoce of us or any letters sent to them.

I always said that if Morrison gt in we would be saying Heil -- as he is an arogant SOB andhas not heart and does everything to late and too little.

 

 

I,m with you both Beemee and PlanB, sick of the destruction and ignorance of what they are doing for future generations, and even this generation is already suffering.

Congrats on the 5th Great grandson Beemee, wow, you are so lucky to have a big family. And try not to worry too much the younger ones, many are already going ahead with solutions despite Governments, we cannot wait for greedy Governments and Big Corps, has to happen on grass roots level, communities and businesses who take on the cause.

 

 

 

 

What a planet we have today!

 

Environmentalists sue the US Wildlife Services for killing more than 1.2 MILLION native wild animals in 2019 to make way for agriculture

Wildlife Services has come under fire after releasing it killed more than 1.2 million native US species in 2019 wildlife it killed in 2019. An environmentalist group is suing the program for slaughtering the animals.

More than 14,000 prairie dogs were terminated outright, but there is an unknown number of more than 35,000   More than 14,000 prairie dogs were terminated outright, but there is an unknown number of more than 35,000   According to the Wildlife service's report, intentionally killed 301 gray wolves; 61,882 adult coyotes, plus an unknown number of coyote pups in 251 destroyed dens; 364,734 red-winged blackbirds (pictured) -    

According to the Wildlife service's report, intentionally killed 301 gray wolves; 61,882 adult coyotes, plus an unknown number of coyote pups in 251 destroyed dens; 364,734 red-winged blackbirds (pictured) -

According to the Wildlife service's report, intentionally killed 301 gray wolves; 61,882 adult coyotes, plus an unknown number of coyote pups in 251 destroyed dens; 364,734 red-winged blackbirds; 393 black bears; 300 mountain lions; 777 bobcats; 124 river otters plus 489 killed 'unintentionally'; 2,447 foxes, plus an unknown number of red fox pups in 94 dens; and 24,543 beavers.

According to the Wildlife service's report, intentionally killed 301 gray wolves; 61,882 adult coyotes, plus an unknown number of coyote pups in 251 destroyed dens; 364,734 red-winged blackbirds; 393 black bears; 300 mountain lions; 777 bobcats; 124 river otters plus 489 killed 'unintentionally'; 2,447 foxes, plus an unknown number of red fox pups in 94 dens; and 24,543 beavers.

More than 14,000 prairie dogs were terminated outright, but there is an unknown number of more than 35,000.

The wildlife-killing program unintentionally killed more than 2,624 animals in 2019, including bears, bobcats, mountain lions, a wolf, foxes, muskrats, otters, porcupines, raccoons and turtles. Its killing of non-target birds included ducks, eagles, swallows, herons and turkeys.

Dozens of domestic animals, including pets and livestock, were also killed or caught. Such data reveals the indiscriminate nature of leghold traps, snares, poisons and other methods used by federal agents.

Collette Adkins, carnivore conservation director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said: 'Year after year Wildlife Services continues to needlessly kill wildlife, even though effective tools exist to prevent most conflicts.'

'The scientific consensus is that killing carnivores like coyotes to benefit the livestock industry just leads to more conflicts and more killing. This taxpayer-funded slaughter needs to stop.'

The report was released Wednesday, October 7 and in just two days, WildEarth Guardians has severed USDA with a lawsuit.The report was released Wednesday, October 7 and in just two days, WildEarth Guardians has severed USDA with a lawsuit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a useless Wildlife service, OMG, so much killing, horrible.

I was horrified when I read that.   As I keep saying I am so glad I don't live in the US.

Trump undid all the good work that Obama did for the environment/wildlife protection, sadly.

Yes I am aware not only on that topic either, he is a nut case.

 

Oh boy that is downright cruel. It upsets me knowing that for example the wolf that was reintroduced, cut down on too mant cariboo and deleted the weak, the old and the dying. Also as a by product, you could say, the introduction of the wolf removed the fox from top predator and they were controlled by the wolf.

The blonde headed duck has destroyed more than he has created, he is a fossil mad idiot. I reckon the old buggar is senile. Would not doubt at all if he loses the race and is removed, his crazy wife will go along as well and remove him from her life. That is unless she can guaratee all of his wealth when he quits this earth.

You are spot on Celia he is a nut case, just not been locked away yet.

 

Man has unbalance nature so much and that in some areas where they have reintroduced wolves it has become back in balance.

Unfortunately Incognito - the damn duck wants to cull the wolves, the grizzly and the mountain lion too. What is wrong with that ffff Head?

Massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Alaska sparking tsunami warning

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 55 miles off the coast of Sand Point, Alaska, triggering a tsunami warning that affects residents in South Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula

Wow, that is a big one.

Wild Pear tree dating back 250 years and once voted England's tree of the year is chopped down to make way for HS2 high-speed rail link after failed campaign to save it from the axe

 

The 250-year-old Cubbington Pear Tree in Warwickshire sits on the phase one line of the route just outside Leamington Spa.

 

How sad, and how disgusting that they could not move the plan just a tad over, how pathetic of the engineers and planners.

NAture can live VERY well without humans --BUT Humans can NOT live without nature

So very true.

Half the Earth's forests are now gone.

15 BILLION trees are chopped down every year  -- 476 every single second. That's our rainforests, jungles, and woodlands being decimated to make space for ever more cattle, palm oil, and soybeans.

But today we have a unique opportunity  to change it.

Right now the EU is considering a new law to ban any products linked to deforestation . If the law passes, the EU is such a massive market that it could force the world's biggest companies to change, transforming the global supply chain, and helping to save our woodlands, wetlands, and mangroves.

Earth needs this law -- so let's make sure it passes!

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/eu_stop_deforestation_loc_pa

 

Murder hornets from the first nest in the US are successfully SUCKED out and placed on ice after their tree was filled with foam and covered in plastic wrap by experts in bio-hazard suits 

 

The Washington State Department of Agriculture wiped out the nest Saturday to protect native honeybees, marking the first successful attempt to locate and remove a nest on US soil. The cavity of the tree was filled with foam and covered with plastic wrap to prevent the hornets from escaping. A tube was then inserted to vacuum up the hornets trapped inside and deposit them in a collection chamber. WSDA workers were seen in protective suits working under the cover of darkness early Saturday morning (left) to remove and destroy the nest. By mid-morning the WSDA announced the plan had been a success (right workers holding the hornets). Entomologists discovered the Asian giant hornet nest in Blaine, Washington state Thursday. The nest the size of a basketball was found inside the cavity of a tree on private property. Experts had attached tracking devices to some of the hornets which led them to the site where they saw dozens of hornets entering and exiting this week.

The dead hornets were placed on ice so they can be kept for research purposes, as experts remain baffled about how the bugs first entered the US. 

WSDA entomologists first discovered the Asian giant hornet nest on private property in Blaine, Whatcom County, close to the US-Canada border Thursday.

The insects had set up camp inside the cavity of a tree on the land that had been cleared to build residential property on.  

Its removal marks the first successful attempt to both locate and destroy a nest of the Asian giant hornets in America since the critters were first sighted in the country at the end of last year.  

A worker from the Washington State Department of Agriculture displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him  

A worker from the Washington State Department of Agriculture displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him

Murder hornets from the first nest in the US have been successfully sucked out of a tree cavity and placed on ice after experts discovered the nest in Washington state     

Murder hornets from the first nest in the US have been successfully sucked out of a tree cavity and placed on ice after experts discovered the nest in Washington state

Washington State Department of Agriculture workers, wearing protective suits and working in pre-dawn darkness illuminated with red lamps, vacuum up a nest of Asian giant hornets from a tree     

Washington State Department of Agriculture workers, wearing protective suits and working in pre-dawn darkness illuminated with red lamps, vacuum up a nest of Asian giant hornets from a tree

A Washington State Department of Agriculture workers holds two of the dead Asian giant hornets vacuumed from the nest in the tree Saturday  

A Washington State Department of Agriculture workers holds two of the dead Asian giant hornets vacuumed from the nest in the tree Saturday

The WSDA announced late Saturday morning that the removal of the Asian giant hornet nest had been a success     

The WSDA announced late Saturday morning that the removal of the Asian giant hornet nest had been a success

 

Scary stuff, those suits look really protective, they should wear them for covid.

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