Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburg and the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has died at 99; plus: CO2 levels in atmosphere reach record high, world’s billionaires add $5 trillion in wealth and monkeys on the loose!
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg and Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, dies at 99
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburg and the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, has passed away at the age of 99. Philip was the longest-serving consort of any British monarch, NBC reported.
Prince Philip had been married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, the BBC reported.
He died at Windsor Castle on Friday morning, having previously returned mid-March after a month in two London hospitals where he had been treated for an infection and underwent heart surgery, CNN reported.
His passing comes shortly after the intense publicity surrounding the royal family concerning the departure of Prince Harry and Megan, the Duchess of Sussex, who left the United Kingdom and stepped away from official royal duties.
Levels of carbon dioxide in atmosphere reach record high
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 50 percent above preindustrial levels, despite the drop of emissions that have occurred during the worldwide pandemic. The measurements were made from a recording station at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii, and the data was released by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, the Guardian reported.
Scientists say the levels atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gas in March averaged 417.14 ppm, reflecting a new record high that is 50 percent higher than what they were when the Industrial Revolution began in Britain.
The world’s billionaires have added over $5 trillion to their wealth during pandemic
Despite people around the globe being locked down during the pandemic and economies being dwindled and millions of people being left jobless in the aftermath, the world’s billionaires have seen an enormous boon during these lean times, adding more than $5 trillion to their wealth over the last year, the Independent reported. It represents the biggest surge of wealth in decades, and the wealthiest 2,755 people on earth snagged $13 trillion worth of wealth, according to Forbes. The list of the wealthiest people grew by around 30 percent from a year ago, adding 660 new people as members of the world’s billionaires. Forbes estimated that these billionaires are 86 percent wealthier than they were a year ago at the onset of the global health crisis.
Monkeys on the loose, at least five escape, but from where?
Police in the Price Hill area of Cincinnati got a call from dispatch they don’t hear every day: “Monkeys on the loose!”
A local woman called the police and told them she saw at least five monkeys across from her home, WLWT 5 in Cincinnati reported. The woman lives near the St. Joseph’s Cemetery on West Eighth Street.
The woman went out and shot videos for proof, knowing that her call to the police didn’t sound believable. However, she shot the video around 10 PM, and because of the dark conditions, the video came out grainy. But the footage does show three monkeys in a tree, and the woman said to more were on the ground that could be seen in the video.
Police said at least two calls were received on Wednesday night reporting the monkeys, Cincinnati.com reported. Hamilton County Dispatch also reported receiving a call about loose monkeys and transferred the call to Cincinnati police.
The big mystery now is: Where did the monkeys come from?
The Cincinnati Zoo was contacted and responded that none of their monkeys are missing. As of Friday, the Cincinnati police say they have not spotted any monkeys, but are taking the reports seriously. According to Cincinnati police, no one has come forward claiming to own the monkeys or reporting having any monkeys missing.