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)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

RI risks losing $435.6m in wood exports on new U.S. policy

Mustaqim Adamrah, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 12/17/2008 11:01 AM  

Indonesia could potentially lose at least US$435.6 million a year in exports of wood-based products to the United States if it fails to address planned certification requirements next year, a study has found. 

Vanda Mutia Dewi, Greenomics coordinator for forestry and mining, said Tuesday the losses would be inevitable if no effort was made to anticipate possible failures in policy implementation. 

The policy, dubbed the Lacey Act, requires exporters of wood-based products to have certification that their wood is not sourced from illegally felled trees. 

"The government should prepare (a set of policies) from now on as the Lacey Act will be effective in early April for wood products and in July for paper and its derivatives," she said. 

"The country could lose $435.6 million in exports every year if the industry fails to meet requirements stipulated in the Act." 

The Act is designed to combat illegal logging worldwide by banning any trade of products allegedly derived from illegal logging, which remains widespread in Indonesia. 

Under the regulation, according to Vanda, global traders selling wood-based products to the United States are required to have a certificate issued by the U.S. government via internationally recognized agencies. 

According to Greenomics, last year Indonesia shipped wood-based products worth $242.2 million, and paper and paper derivatives worth $193.4 million to the United States.

The amounts accounted for 6.94 percent of the country's total exports of wood-based products. 

According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), exports of wood and wood-based products amounted to US$2.48 billion in the first 10 months of this year, a 3.9 percent drop from the $2.58 billion booked in the same period last year. 

Vanda also said the government should compare standards stipulated in the Lacey Act to local standards issued by, for example, the Indonesian Ecolabel Institution. 

She recommended the government consult with the World Trade Organization to ensure the implementation of the Lacey Act referred to "fair trade". 

"That is necessary to avoid possible domination by foreign agencies in issuing certificates in the name of the Lacey Act," she said. 

The implementation of the Lacey Act should also be based on facts, "not documents", she added. 

Earlier this month, the government set up a team to address issues in relation to certification requirements. 

Certification includes Sustainable Forest Management (SFM), Verification of Legal Origin (VLO) and Chain of Custody (CoC). The VLO and CoC confirm the legality of the wood, and the SFM certifies the wood was legally felled and comes from a sustainable forest. 

An exporter can choose any of the three certificates.

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