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)

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Foreign firms eye RI greenhouse projects

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Many foreign investors are considering becoming involved in developing greenhouse gas emission reduction projects here in Indonesia as a result of the country's huge potential, an official says.

Prasetyadi Utomo, the secretary to Indonesia's Designated National Authority (DNA), a unit of the State Ministry for the Environment, predicts that there will be at least 10 projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) submitted by local companies for approval by the government this year.

Under the Kyoto Protocol, which Indonesia has ratified, gas emission reduction projects have to be approved by the United Nations. Project developers are entitled to receive certified emission reductions (CER) from the UN, which can later be used by developed nations to meet their Kyoto protocol targets for reducing gas emissions.

A CER unit stating a one-ton reduction in carbon dioxide is estimated to be worth between US$7 and $8.

"We are in the final stages of approving four CDM projects," Prasetyadi Utomo, the secretary of Indonesia's Designated National Authority (DNA) on CDM at the state ministry told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

The DNA, which was set up in 2005, is tasked with approving such projects before submitting them to the UN's Executive Board.

The four projects consist of a mini-hydro scheme, the use of coconut shells to generate electricity, limiting the use of nitrous oxide in the manufacturing of explosives, and methane extraction during tapioca-starch production.

Prasetyadi said that the mini-hydro project consisted of four small-scale power generating plants in Central Java and West Java, and would be developed by PT Indonesia Power in partnership with Japan-based Chugoku Electric Power Co. Inc.

"The project is expected to generate up to 21,139 tons of carbon reductions per year," Prasetyadi explained.

He said that so far, eight Indonesian CDM projects had been registered with the UN Executive Board. The eight projects could produce emission reductions of up to 1.5 million tons per year.

"Many of the project promoters are from Japan. We hope that more investors from the European nations will locate CDM projects in Indonesia this year," he said.

A statement from the British Embassy in Jakarta said that a delegation of 12 British investors would meet Indonesian CDM project developers during a two-day visit starting Thursday.

"The range of services available from the UK climate change companies is extensive and includes CDM project development and financing, carbon fund management, technology provision, carbon brokerage services, validation and verification, and legal services," the statement said.

The Kyoto Protocol requires developed nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent below 1990 levels in the period between 2008 and 2012.

By contrast, developing countries can host projects to reduce the gases. Indonesia, which ratified the protocol, is not required to reduce its emissions and thus is a potential host country.

The state ministry said that Indonesia had the potential to supply two percent of the global CDM market, or the equivalent of a 125-million-ton reduction in carbon dioxide.

It said that the energy and industrial sectors produced the largest share -- up to 60 percent -- of total emissions in Indonesia.

Fossil and coal-based fuels are believed to be the main causes of greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global climate change.

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