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)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

RI to host climate conference

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

As a country that has already experienced the effects of climate change, Indonesia will hold an international conference on the problem this December, it was announced Monday.

Addressing a joint media conference with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Yvo de Boer, State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia was ready to lead the charge on climate change issues.

Sprawled across the Equator, Indonesia's islands are threatened rising sea levels, while its farmers are currently suffering through a prolonged dry season.

Rachmat said both indicated that the threat of global warming was in need of immediate international action.

The conference, which will be held in Bali, will have around 10,000 participants, including environment ministers, from the more 100 countries who are signatories to the Kyoto Protocol.

It will be the first in a series of negotiations on clean development schemes, to be concluded with a new set of environmental agreements by 2010.

The parliaments of member countries are expected to ratify the agreements by 2012, when the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires.

Under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, developed nations must cut greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent on their 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012.

The conference will discuss financial incentives for both developed and developing countries; efforts to seek the participation of major carbon culprits like the United States; and a higher target for emission reductions.

The meeting is also expected to address forestry sector issues, which are not sufficiently covered under the current "clean development" scheme.

Rachmat said Indonesia would propose at the meeting that an environmental fund be set up to support countries that preserved their rain forests.

"If it is agreed to, we will prioritize the forests threatened by fires in Bengkulu, Papua and the Leuser conservation area," he said.

De Boer said she hoped that different interests could be accommodated at the meeting.

"It will not be easy to reach a consensus between industrialized and developing countries. But we have to start somewhere," she said.

At a 12-day conference on climate change in Nairobi last year, China and India, the world's largest developing countries, refused to be bound by emission reduction regulations.

They regard emission reduction as an economic burden because of the cost of converting to more efficient, low-carbon energy forms.

Despite several verbal commitments to clean fuel development, the United States is yet to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, saying it would be too costly for its economy.

The Nairobi convention was only able to agree to review emission reduction targets by 2008.

Indonesia would see to it that any agreements made on clean development mechanisms were in line with poverty reduction efforts, Rachmat said.

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