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)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Gloomy outlook seen for wood-based industries

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

A lack of wood supplies continued to plague the country's wood-based industries last year.

According to a government-sanctioned agency tasked with rejuvenating the sector, no improvement is expected in the immediate future for the industry, which produces products such as plywood and wooden housing fixtures like window and door frames.

Zulfikal Adil, executive director of the Forestry Industry Revitalization Agency (BRIK), told The Jakarta Post over the weekend that wood-related industries are expected to remain in the doldrums this year.

"In 2007, only 700 of the approximately 2,000 registered companies in the wood-working subsector managed to export their products. This is about a hundred less than in 2006," said Zulfikal.

For plywood, only 40 percent of the 120 registered companies maintained operations, he said.

"Judging from those figures, I am very pessimistic about the forestry industry in 2008. It will be worse than last year," BRIK chairwoman Soewarni said.

Soewarni said Indonesia lost at least US$400 million in potential export revenue from the plywood and wood-work subsectors alone.

"Total plywood exports last year were valued at $1.3 billion, compared to $1.6 in 2006. Wood-working exports were $1.2 billion compared with $1.3 billion in 2006," she said.

Other wood-related subsectors include pulp and paper, furniture and handicrafts.

Soewarni said wood-based industries had been on the decline since 2005 due to a lack of raw materials. The industry reached its peak in 1997.

The policy of maintaining a maximum quota for wood cutting and the introduction of tighter wood legality requirements have contributed to the shortage, she said.

In 2007, the country produced around 44 million cubic meters of wood, while the annual domestic demand was 62 million cubic meters.

"In 2006, around 30,000 workers from a number of wood producers in South Kalimantan and around 20,000 in West Kalimantan were laid off. Although the number of people whose contracts were terminated in 2007 was much lower, the industry has continued to decline," she said.

"Other factors hampering the growth of the industry include rising fuel costs, access to transportation and legal uncertainty," she said.

According to the Forestry Ministry, the country's forestry industry currently employs about 3.8 million workers. Logging by many pulp and paper firms and their suppliers in Riau province has been halted, leaving the country's two biggest pulp and paper companies, PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper (IKPP) and PT Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (RAPP), seriously short of raw materials.

Representatives of PT IKPP and PT RAPP said that with raw materials running out, they might be forced to lay off most of their 550,000 employees by the end of 2007.

RAPP president director Rudi Fajar said that raw materials were available but the police had prohibited their use, saying the materials had not yet passed legal requirements.

Soy M. Pardede of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) blamed the government's lack of foresight in anticipating the current problems.

"The re-planting program should have been done earlier to avoid lack of raw materials," he told the Post. (rff)

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