Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Saturday, January 27, 2007

High time for households to treat wastewater on the lot

Anissa S. Febrina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The argument of water resources is a big issue these days. Everybody talks of the water shortage in the city and, similarly, of the floods that destroy homes.

"Last week I had to buy 10 jerricans of clean water a day since barely a trickle came from the tap, said Arijaty Azhari, a 53-year-old mother of four who lives in Roxy, Central Jakarta.

"And last night, since it had been raining all day, my living room was covered with water," she said.

It would be easy to channel her anger to the city water operators and the environmental agency for water management failures, but experts say it is high time for residents, as well as businesses, to take responsibility.

"Individual households can start with two things, building a simple rainwater reservoir and constructing a small water treatment plant," said water management expert Nusa Idaman Said, who is also a researcher at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).

The combination of individual, communal and regional treatment plants would help secure the city's water supply as the plants would reduce the water pollution level, making it possible for river water to be further processed.

Currently, according to Nusa, city water operator PT PAM Jaya and its foreign partners PT Thames PAM Jaya and PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya only supply some 8,000 cubic meter of water per second, or 30 percent of the water needs of Jakartans.

The estimation is based on the company's report that it produces 15,000 cubic meter of water per second, of which 50 percent fails to reach customers due to theft and leakages.

Some 80 percent of the company's water supply comes from Jatiluhur dam in West Java, another 15 percent from Tangerang water utility PDAM Tirta Kertarahardja (PDAM TKR), and only 5 percent from the Ciliwung River, which runs through the city.

The company blames Jakarta's most recent water crisis on Jatiluhur dam drying up, which caused its tap water production to drop to 65 percent.

"The rivers running through the city have great potential as a source of water. the problem is they are too polluted to be treated," Nusa said.

We should first look at our own behavior before blaming industries and those living along the riverbanks.

Think of the soap, shampoo and detergents entering drains, where it may flow untreated into the rivers.

While the role of industries cannot be denied, households contribute some 75 percent of water pollution, a study on Jakarta's wastewater and drainage systems reveals.

As urban families are becoming more dependent on soluble chemical products, nature can no longer filter the water for us.

Realizing the paramount role of water, the city administration issued earlier in 2005 a bylaw requiring households, as well as businesses, to build wastewater treatment plants.

For households in densely populated areas, communal plants are recommended, while those in less crowded areas can install their own septic systems.

"The system is as simple as building a septic tank and the cost depends on the materials," Nusa said.

A simple septic tank costs about Rp 1 million.

BPPT itself has developed Biotreat-10, a biofilter system that uses anaerob and aerob tanks in which wastewater is filtered using microbacteria.

The system can reduce biological oxygen demand level -- a parameter for estimating the concentration of organic pollutants in water -- by 90 percent.

The technology is there. Now, money is all that is needed.

"Since it requires an investment, it is better for the administration to aim first at middle- to upper-class households. The houses in Menteng and Pondok Indah for example," he said.

It is probably more difficult to change the paradigm that one has to set aside a certain amount of money to help nature filter the water than to get donors to help build treatment plants in poor districts.

Surprisingly this time, dealing with businesses, especially newly built housing estates and apartments, is easier since it makes more sense for them to invest in a wastewater treatment plant.

Large-scale housing estates like Lippo Karawaci and those built by the Ciputra group already operate their own treatment plants, although the processed water is only used for the upkeep of green spaces.

Lippo Karawaci, for example, treats its wastewater and uses it to water its golf course and gardens.

Ciputra too has taken water processing into its own hands to secure supply for the residents of its housing estates like Citra Garden in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, Citra Gran in Cibubur, East Jakarta, and Citra Raya in Tangerang.

"We receive the supply from the nearest river and treat it in our own plants before distributing it to households," Ciputra group director Harun Hajadi said.

"We also treat some of the wastewater collected from houses, but only a small percentage," he said, adding that the plants cost around 20 percent of the total investment for each housing estate.

Apartments and office buildings have also built water treatment plants, although on a scale that is sometimes too small to cover their water needs.

But still it is better than nothing.

"All water management efforts must run parallel. The city must improve large-scale water infrastructure, businesses must comply and build proper plants and households must also start taking responsibility," Nusa said.

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