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)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Jakarta possibly sees drought not wet season, experts predict

Adianto P. Simamora,
The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA (JP): Jakartans have to wait longer for the rainy season this year as experts signaled Saturday that drought instead of normal wet season might come around this month.

The Meteorological and Geophysics Agency (BMG) said the recent heat in Jakarta had reached 36 degree Celsius, far higher than normal of below 32 degree during rainy season.

"This is the first-ever record of such a high heat in January. If it stays through January, we might have severe dry season instead," Achmad Zakir, the agency's head for weather forecastingdivision told The Jakarta Post.

Achmad said that the rain was absent as most of cumulus nimbus clouds were currently trapped above the South China sea.

"To make it worse, the clouds are then swept by strong winds. Thus, the sun's heat down directly without being filtered by the clouds," he said.

The agency recorded the highest temperature in Jakarta was 37 degree Celsius in October last year. Achmad said that wind velocity during rainy period was normally between five to 10 knots.

"However, it currently rises up to 25 knots. Jakartans must be aware of the strong wind that can topple trees or vulnerablestructures," he said.

The agency earlier predicted that the peak rainy season in Jakarta was between January and February with the intensity of over five consecutive days.

Floods however, had hit a number of provinces.

Zadrach L. Dupe, meteorologist at the Institute of Technology Bandung said that the recent heat in Greater Jakarta was no longer in normal level.

"It is a strange trend. I suspect it is a sign of 10-year cycle of which Jakarta may suffer severe dry season such as in 1997's El Nino phenomenon," he said.

The El Nino stopped the rains from reaching the country. It caused serious harvest failures, forest fires and health hazard.

The devastating drought destroyed some 300,000 hectares of forests and the haze disrupted the lives of millions of people the Southeast Asia region.

"The government needs to analyze it to determine whether the heat is only micro change in Jakarta area or not," he said.

Zadrach said that the serious environmental degradation mainly due to high urbanization trend contributed much to the extreme heat in Jakarta.

Jakarta experiences large daily fluxes in population -- home to an estimated 10 million people at night, its numbers swell to 12 million in the daytime.

Most of its green zones have been converted to the commercial premises or been illegally settled by poor migrants.

Of it 60,000 hectares of land Jakarta currently has only 5,911 ha of green areas or 9 percent. The administration has pledged increase green spaces of 9,156 hectares, or 13.94 percent by 2010.

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