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 2, 2009

Regions seek forest conversions

Adianto P. Simamora, THE JAKARTA POST, JAKARTA | Mon, 02/02/2009 10:18 AM

The Forestry Ministry has said it has received a mounting number of requests from local administrations for permits to convert Indonesia’s dwindling forests into plantations, mostly due to uncertainty surrounding the spatial planning law.

Ministry senior official Soenaryo said Saturday the most controversial proposal had come from Central Kalimantan despite conflict with the spatial planning law.

“We prioritized the proposals from Central Kalimantan and Riau because many forest conversion permits have been issued there, and some of the companies have already started their operations,” Soenaryo, an expert assistant to Forestry Minister Malam Sambat Kaban, told The Jakarta Post.

Central Kalimantan has asked to convert about 2.5 million hectares of forest, he said.

Soenaryo said the ministry was still studying the consequences of approving the proposals.

“We know Central Kalimantan has violated the law, but they justify their demand for the central government’s approval for the forest conversion under a regional ordinance and other regulations,” he said.

Kaban, Soenaryo said, was “very careful” in responding to forest-conversion requests from local administrations.

“It is like a dilemma for the central government. If we grant the requests, we violate the law on forestry and spatial planning. But if we turn down the proposals, the local governments will force the government to approve them,” he said.

The forestry law says only the ministry can issue a forest-conversion permit, but must have the consent of the House of Representatives.

Two former House members in charge of forestry affairs have been jailed for receiving gratuity related to the House’s approval of a forest conversion project in Bintan, Riau, in the South Sumatra regency of Banyuasin. Another former legislator is standing trial for the same violation.

Soenaryo said the local administrations in Sumatra and Papua had applied for permits to convert two forest plots into an oil palm plantation and an agricultural area.

Data from the ministry reveals that the total area of oil palm plantations jumped to 6.1 million hectares in 2006 from 1.1 million hectares in 1990.

According to a study by Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) last year, Central Kalimantan’s forests are being converted into oil palm plantations at the fastest rate in the country. In a recent 16-year period, the rate shot up more than 400 times to 461,992 hectares per year in 2007 from 1,163 hectares per year in 1991.

The study also found that 14 percent of 3 million hectares of peat land in the province had been converted into palm oil plantations.

FWI said the Riau administration had allocated 38.5 percent of its total forest area for conversion into plantations. As of 2006, there were 2.7 million hectares of plantation, including 1.5 million hectares of oil palm plantations in the country.

Director for forestry and water source conservation at the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas), Basah Hernowo, said a revision of the law on spatial planning would accelerate deforestation as well as damage to the environmental.

“It will harm the investment climate in the forestry sector. Investors will be afraid of doing business if the spatial planning [law] change every five years,” he said.

The 2008 spatial planning law allows local administrations to revise spatial planning regulations after five years.

Basah said Bappenas have received complaints from forest concession holders about the uncertainty of the law.

The Indonesian Association of Forestry Concessionaires (APHI) has expressed concerns over the future of Indonesia’s forests.

APHI data reveals that total forest area in the country declined from 26 million hectares last year from 61 million hectares in 1992. Forests that naturally provide products also fell sharply to 2.69 million cubic meters in 2008 from 26 million cubic meters in 1992.

Indonesia has the third largest rainforest area in the world, with 120 million hectares.

The deforestation rate between 1987 and 1997 was 1.8 million hectares annually. From 1998 to 2000, it rose sharply to 2.8 million hectares per year before falling back to 1.8 million hectares per year between 2000 and 2006.

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