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, July 5, 2007

Carbon credit boom in the offing for Indonesian firms

Andi Haswidi, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Companies in developing countries engaging in carbon credit sales are likely to increase their earnings significantly this year as the global value of the market, which reached about US$30 billion in 2006, is expected to double, an analyst says.

"The market value of carbon credits is likely to again increase in very, very significant percentages. It could be double again," Jotdeep Singh, Rabo India Finance's head for renewable energy and carbon credits in Asia Pacific, told The Jakarta Post.

Rabo India Finance is a subsidiary of Rabobank International.

Singh said that as carbon credit trading itself only commenced in October 2005 following the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, more countries had been entering the market recently.

"You have a few countries that have taken the lead in terms of volumes and projects, such as China and India. Therefore, Indonesia does not want to be left behind. More and more companies need to find this out, what the opportunities are for them."

What is of concern to developing countries, like Indonesia, Jotdeep said, is how to promote the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

The CDM is an arrangement under the Kyoto Protocol allowing industrialized countries, also called the Annex 1 countries who signed quantitative limits to their gas emissions, to buy carbon credits from other countries -- mostly developing countries -- who did not sign up to poverty reduction goals under the Protocol.

Last year, CDM projects contributed about $5 billion to the total world market value, and is also expected to double this year.

"These non-Annex 1 countries still have the challenge of addressing poverty. That is why they were exempted from taking on emission reduction targets, because it was seen that the targets could harm their economic growth and therefore their poverty reduction efforts."

With that advantage in hand, companies in developing countries can reduce their gas emissions and obtain carbon credit certificates, called Certified Emission Rights (CERs), from the United Nations, which can later be traded.

A one-ton carbon dioxide reduction is estimated to be worth $13.

So far, Indonesia has only registered nine CDM projects, which delivered over one million tons of CO2 reductions. Another nine are still in the pipeline, Jotdeep said.

Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Muhammad Hidayat admitted that the participation of local companies in mechanism was still as most businesses still had little idea of what it was all about.

"Indonesia has a big potential. I have received offers from Northern European countries that want to trade carbon credits with Indonesian companies. I've also met the Norwegian prime minister, who wanted to discuss a couple of projects, with one of them located in Bali," Hidayat said.

Companies planning to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions should prepare a document outlining their plans and hire a consultant to prepare a carbon credit proposal for submission to the UN. These proposals are known as Project Design Documents (PDD), which must be validated by UN Designated Operating Entities (DOEs).

Consultation and validation combined can cost from $30,000 to $50,000, Jotdeep said.

Those firms that cannot afford consultancy or validation can avail of the Verified Emission Reduction (VER) mechanism, which also involves a form of tradable credits, but which entails a lower cost compared to the CER.

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