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, November 8, 2007

ADB Active in Disaster Risk Management and Recovery in Region

NEW DELHI, INDIA - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) continues to be active in disaster risk management in Asia, and has learned important lessons from its experiences, ADB Vice President Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, said today.

Ms. Schaefer-Preuss is attending the Second Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs. At the conference, held in New Delhi, Ms. Schaefer-Preuss emphasized that disaster relief is an important pillar of poverty reduction.

“Disaster relief strategy needs to be mainstreamed into policy decisions on infrastructure, agriculture, housing and natural resource management, among others,” Ms. Schaefer-Preuss said. “This also means that a clear and responsible government coordination mechanism needs to be established and maintained at all times.”

Ms. Schaefer-Preuss said there needs to be a clear link between international agreements, national strategies, local actions and support from various partners. She also emphasized the importance of cooperation among the countries mostly likely to be affected by disasters.

“Too often, we have witnessed the lack of clear coordination among the various institutions – which tends to delay the needed assistance,” she said. “I believe regional cooperation is a critical need for Asia where those nations affected can share their knowledge and experience.”

Many scientists are predicting a higher probability of natural disasters in the near future due to climate change. ADB recognizes the need to forge strong partnerships to prepare for possible future needs. Partnership among donor agencies, governments, research institutes and local communities will be critical in reducing the impact of future disasters.

ADB’s Disaster and Emergency Assistance Policy sets out objectives which are designed to strengthen support for reducing disaster risk in ADB’s member countries in Asia and the Pacific, as well as provide rehabilitation and reconstruction assistance following a disaster. A new action plan is being prepared to further embed disaster risk management into ADB’s operational practices, and to develop additional risk reduction measures to further enhance reconstruction projects and climate adaptation projects.

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