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.

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"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)

Monday, December 31, 2007

Clean water, a basic necessity for everyone

The government says extreme weather events are a serious threat to water security. During the wet season floods large swaths of the country, including Jakarta, are inundated by floods. At other times droughts cause drinking water shortages for millions. Below is the final article in a series of six on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The government said demand for clean water, particularly in Java, Bali and East Nusa Tenggara far exceeds supply, forcing people to `over-exploit' groundwater.

Demand will continue to increase in line with population growth, at a time when potable water supplies are drying up due to unpredictable changes in the weather.

Further along in the worrisome cycle, the government said, seater will further intrude into coastal areas where millions reside, severely impacting water security.

Data from the state ministry of environment said the country's annual demand for clean water would reach 8.9 billion cubic meters in 2015, almost a three-fold increase since 1990 when demand was only 3.1 billion cubic meters.

According to a written action plan, the government will build water catchment facilities such as lakes and percolation pits to harvest water during the rainy season and store it as a source of clean water during dry months.

These facilities are to be concentrated in Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara.

The government also plans to rehabilitate natural river drainages in an as effort to improve quality and supply of raw water.

According to the environment ministry, 62 river basins are in critical condition as of 2007, significantly more than the 22 in poor shape in 1984.

The ministry said highland deforestation in upstream areas and sweeping changes in land use have damaged natural drainage systems.

A joint study in April by World Wildlife Federation Indonesia and Bandung Institute of Technology's meteorology lab predicted less rainwater would flow through the Citarum river basin in West Java as a result of warmer temperatures and land use changes.

The Citarum River basin, Java's largest drainage, comprises 6,080 squares kilometers of land, through which the 269-kilometer river flows.

The study predicted dry and wet season temperatures in the basin would be significantly higher by 2020.

Citarum basin is the primary source of water for Jakarta and West Java.

The Jakarta administration said the capital city needed around 547 million cubic meter of water per year.

However, the two domestic use water operators -- Thames PAM Jaya and Palyja -- are able to pump no more than 295 million cubic meters of water per year.

Some of the capital's residents privately exploit groundwater which, the administration said, was speeding up land subsidence in the city.

The action plan says new technology is needed to utilize seawater as source for drinking water and for improving the function of rivers in recharging groundwater supplies.

It will also conduct campaigns aimed at increasing water conservation, including in agriculture, industry and power generation.

Data from the ministry indicated there were no rivers up to standard required to become a source of drinking water due high levels of pollution.

The World Bank has blamed unsafe drinking water and inadequate sanitation for 88 percent of total disease rates, including diarrhea and malaria.

It said that about 1.1 billion humans lack access to potable fresh water and some 2.6 billion are without adequate sanitation.

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