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)

Monday, January 22, 2007

Jakarta urged to decentralize

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Two former ministers for the environment have called on the city administration to relocate some activities from the capital to peripheral areas in order to curb pollution.

Emil Salim and Sarwono Kusumaatmaja both spoke Friday during the book launch of Jakarta, Kota Polusi (Jakarta, a polluted city).

Emil, who served in president Suharto's cabinet, said that the relocation of a number of offices and public services to outside Jakarta in the past had significantly contributed to reducing traffic congestion in the city.

The airport and the biggest state university have both been outside of Jakarta for some time.

In the 1980s the central government decided to build the new Soekarno-Hatta International Airport outside the city, in Cengkareng, Banten province, to replace the old Kemayoran airport in Central Jakarta, which was rapidly becoming a residential area.

Overcrowding in Salemba, Central Jakarta, was also behind the decision to build a University of Indonesia campus on the outskirts of Jakarta in Depok.

"Why don't the authorities apply the (relocation) concept to control air pollution here? It will trim the volume of commuters coming into the city," Emil said.

"If shopping malls, for example, are pushed to peripheral areas, people won't shop in Jakarta. Thus, fewer cars will enter the city's streets."

Shopping malls built in downtown areas contributed much to the air pollution, Emil said.

"All shopping malls offer large parking lots in order to encourage car owners to shop. They trigger more traffic jams in the city," he said.

Emil also proposed the development of Tanjung Priok Port could be extended to other provinces of Banten or West Java to reduce cars or trucks from the two provinces crossing through Jakarta.

The exhaust from gasoline-guzzling private cars contribute up to 80 percent of the air pollution in the city.

Meanwhile, Sarwono who was also a minister in the New Order era, said the realization of the megacity concept could be an important step to controlling air pollution in the city.

"Many cars traveling in the capital are from outside Jakarta. Thus, to create cleaner air, we must remove the main source of pollution from vehicles' emissions. Jakarta then can then extend public transportation to megacity areas to reduce the use of private cars," he said.

The megacity will incorporate Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi, Puncak and part of Cianjur in one integrated area, to be known as Jabodetabekpunjur.

The administration says that at least 660,000 cars from Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi, Puncak and Cianjur enter Jakarta every day.

The large number of commuters has worsened traffic congestion, particularly at peak hours. Several attempts have been made to address the situation, including the imposition of the three-in-one traffic policy, increased parking fees and the introduction of the busway service. Traffic congestion and air pollution remain high.

Jakarta currently operates three busway corridors and will launch another four corridors next week, all of them operating in the Jakarta area.

However, the administration recently also announced that they would build six inner-city turnpikes to create more spaces for motorists, a plan that was called counterproductive to the clean air campaign by environmentalists.

Emil said the planned turnpikes would only encourage people to drive their cars and would at the end worsen the environment.

"As the traffic increases, the administration builds turnpikes. It will then encourage people to buy the cars. The administration must stop this practice. They must promote public transportation," he said.

There are currently at least 2.5 million private cars and 3.8 million motorcycles in the city every day, but only 255,000 public transportation vehicles.

The number of private cars is expected to increase by 12 percent a year, which would far outweigh the number of roads being built. Complete gridlock by 2014 has been predicted if steps are not taken to improve the situation.

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