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.

Eye-popping bug photos

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

Indonesia slash-and-burn deforestation may trigger 'climate bomb, Greenpeace says

The Jakarta Post

SINGAPORE (AP): Industry-driven deforestation in Indonesia could "detonate a climate bomb" if not brought under control, the environmental group Greenpeace said Thursday.


A report by Greenpeace, launched in Singapore, said the burning of Indonesia's rainforests and peatlands to build palm oil plantations releases massive amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Every year 1.8 billion tons of emissions are released by the practice, accounting for 4 percent of global emissions.


"Trade in palm oil by some of the world's food giants and commodity traders is helping to detonate a climate bomb in Indonesia's rainforests and peatlands," the report said. "Efforts to prevent dangerous climate change will not succeed unless this and other industries driving forest destruction are brought under control."


The report honed in on the Indonesian province of Sumatra, home to a quarter of the country's oil palm plantations. Some 3 million hectares of forest are set to be slashed and burned over the next decade.


The burning of Sumatra's peatlands - which store 14.6 billion tons of carbon - would result in the release of greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to a year's total around the globe, Greenpeace said.


The group named consumer products makers Unilever NV and Nestle, and U.S. commodity trading giant Cargill as among many large corporations that are fueling demand for palm oil from deforested land in Indonesia.


Unilever spokesman Nick Goddard in Australia said his company was involved in international efforts to "ensure that sustainable palm oil can be made available, and that no high-value conservation forests are destroyed for palm oil plantations."


Calls to Nestle in Japan and Cargill's offices in Asia rang unanswered Thursday.


Indonesia is the biggest global emitter of greenhouse gas emissions through deforestation, putting it third behind the United States and China in terms of total man-made emissions, the report said.


Palm oil is a primary ingredient in food and cosmetics, and in recent years its derivatives have caught on as a source of renewable energy, spurred by subsidies in many European Union countries.


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