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 1, 2007

Indonesia's RNI to build more ethanol factories

Reuters, Yahoo Finance - 2007-02-01 11:42:35

JAKARTA, Wed Jan 31, 2007 (Reuters) - Indonesian state-owned trading firm PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia (RNI) said on Wednesday it plans to build two ethanol factories with a total capacity of 200,000 litres a day to tap growing demand.

The company will build one ethanol factory in Cirebon, Central Java, and another in Malang in East Java, each with a capacity of 100,000 litres a day, said Son Ramadir, RNI's development director.

The project will cost $40 million and the factories are expected to be completed between 2008 and 2009.

"We are developing a new strategy in the downstream industry including in renewable energy to improve competitiveness," Ramadir told reporters.

"The potential is huge with the surging "The potential is huge with the surging crude oil prices and declining crude oil reserves in the country," he said.

Previously, the company had also planned to build an ethanol factory in Subang, West Java, with output capacity of 100,000 litres per day and is expected to complete construction in 2008.

RNI's move reflects growing interest in biofuel production in Indonesia as authorities are encouraging alternative sources of energy to cut fuel subsidies, inflated by soaring crude oil prices.

RNI joins several Indonesian companies that have announced plans to build green fuel plants, mostly palm-oil based biodiesel, including PT Asian Agri and PT Bakrie Sumatra Plantations

The country's vast land resources and cheap labour have also attracted several foreign companies to enter the Indonesian biofuel industry, including Golden Hope Plantations, Genting Bhd and Sime Darby Bhd and Wilmar Holding Pte. Ltd.

The most recent investment plan was from Chinese oil major CNOOC in early January which announced plans to join palm oil producer PT Smart Tbk and a Hong Kong energy firm to invest $5.5 billion in producing biofuel in Indonesia.

Ramadir said the company will use sugar-cane molasses from its own plantations for production of ethanol.

Ethanol, used as an alternative motor fuel or fuel additive, is produced from cane molasses -- a thick syrup produced from sugar cane during the sugar extraction process.

The company owns 11 sugar mills, producing 325,218 tonnes white sugar in 2006. ($1=9,090 rupiah)

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