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)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Ciliwung plight blamed on land conversion

Theresia Sufa ,  THE JAKARTA POST ,   BOGOR  |  Wed, 03/04/2009 12:18 PM  


 River cruisers: A group of students uses a boat service to cross the Ciliwung River in Bukit Duri, South Jakarta. JP/P.J. Leo

A ministerial visit to Puncak in Bogor on Monday concluded the upstream area of Ciliwung river was heavily polluted.


State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar highlighted that the quality of water along the Ciliwung watershed had degraded due to domestic and industrial waste pollution.


“We are facing two problems: decreasing conservation zones and degrading quality of water,” Rahmat said.


The water debit in Ciliwung, which has also increased in the period between the dry and rainy season, is causing floods in the river’s downstream areas, Rachmat added.


According to a 2008 survey of Ciliwung River water quality, the upstream areas from Bogor were declared “heavily polluted”, while conditions were far worse in Jakarta’s downstream areas categorized as “very heavily polluted”.


The government has urged stakeholders to synchronize management of the upstream and downstream reaches of the Ciliwung River in order to improve its quality.


The conversion of Puncak area in residential area was partly the responsibility of Bogor regency administration, Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban said during the visit.


“The administration has made it too easy for people to obtain land use permits in Puncak,” he said.


He pointed the finger toward Puncak residents illegally using conservation zones in the area, including protected forests.


Puncak is a designated water catchment area that plays a vital role in protecting Jakarta from flooding. The Ciliwung River, originating in Puncak, passes through Bogor regency in Bogor municipality, Depok and ends up in North Jakarta.


The 1999 presidential decree on spatial planning stipulates that certain areas in Puncak must be free of buildings, while other areas can have buildings of up to 10 percent of the land surface.


However, many property owners have violated the decree by constructing villas and houses in building-free zones.


Rapid development in Puncak has vastly decreased the area of conservation and increased the building zones over the last several years, Rachmat said.


Satellite imaging analysis conducted from 2000 to 2008 shows a significant decrease in the width of forested area in Puncak.


In 2000, 4,918 hectares or around 9.43 percent of the total area of Puncak consisted of forests. This area shrank to 4,162 hectares in 2005, then 1,665 hectares in 2007 and 1,265 hectares last year.


Meanwhile, the width of areas developed into housing complexes soared from 24,833 hectares or 47.6 percent of the total land area of Puncak in 2000, to 31,580 hectares in 2005, then 33,395 hectares in 2007, and 35,750 hectares, or 68.5 percent last year.

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