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, February 17, 2007

Experts recommend tracking land-use trends from the sky

Anissa S. Febrina ,The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The regular evaluation of satellite images of the city could be useful in further efforts to monitor land use trends and their impact on the environment, an urbanist suggests.

Speaking at a public lecture Wednesday at Tarumanagara University, Andrea Peresthu of Technische Universitet Delft in the Netherlands explained that satellite imaging technology could help provide the government with a picture of the distribution of the city's ecosystem and land conversion patterns.

"The city administration could evaluate the GIS (geographical information system) images every six months, for example, to track which areas have been overutilized for commercial or residential purposes," Andrea said.

Overutilization and rapid land conversion, especially the conversion of water catchment areas for commercial and residential facilities, was one of the major contributors to the massive flooding in Greater Jakarta last week.

However, there is no valid data on the actual scale of land conversion and how much it contributed to the flooding, urban planning expert Suryono Herlambang said.

The Spatial Planning Agency, which is responsible for monitoring land use in the city, has complained its limited human resources make keeping a close eye on land conversion an impossibility.

Here is where GIS comes into play.

The Geographical Information System (GIS) brings together all types of information based on geographic location for the purposes of query, analysis and the generation of maps and reports.

It is a computer-based method of recording, analyzing, combining and displaying geographic information such as roads, streams, land formations or habitat types, sensitive areas, soil types, or any other feature that can be mapped on the ground.

Its product, a satellite photograph of a certain area, has been widely used in developed countries to assist in city planning and land-use management.

One of the most popular publicly accessible GIS images is provided by Google Earth.

The technology is already available at the National Aeronautics and Space Institute (Lapan), but is still underutilized by city administrations.

"We can provide images up to 1:25,000 in scale," Lapan remote sensing research and development division head Ratih Dewanti said.

A 1:25,000 image is three times more detailed than the regular city map and can show actual building density.

Lapan provides the 1:25,000 image for commercial use, while for public use it only provides a 1:500,000 image.

Despite the availability of the technology, the Spatial Planning Agency has not made use of it in urban planning and land management efforts, Ratih said.

According to Andrea, tracking changes through GIS images could be followed up with further analysis and evaluation, including tracking land conversion rates and population growth patterns, as well as sociodemographic patterns and land prices.

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