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)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Brazil and Indonesia Using Eyes in the Sky To Safeguard Rainforests

The Jakarta Globe, Fidelis E Satriastanti

Sao Paolo. In the fight against rampant deforestation, Indonesia can learn a few high-tech tips from the guardian of the world’s largest tropical rainforest.

The first step in fighting deforestation is knowing where it is happening. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) has been relying on satellites to do just that.

Since 1996, Brazil has been using satellite imaging with the cooperation of China. The China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite was set up in 1999 to monitor the condition of the Amazon.

Since the original satellite was launched, the later generation Cbers-1 and Cbers-2 have beamed back images more frequently and with higher resolution.

“In 2015, we’re expecting to launch Cbers-5 and Cbers-6, which will be able to give much more precise data and mapping of deforestation,” said Jean Paul Ometto, an associate researcher at INPE during a talk to Indonesian journalists this month.

Ometto added that other satellites, such as Landsat, MODIS, and WFI CB 2 were used to compare data to the Amazon images captured by Cbers.

He said Brazil had also developed two other imaging systems to illustrate the progress of deforestation in the Amazon: Deforestation Assessment in the Brazilian Legal Amazonia (Prodes) and Deforestation Detection in Real Time (Deter).

“We use Deter for larger-scale deforestation and for complicated data because it has a lower resolution of 250 meters for more than 25 hectares, but it is much more frequent, visiting every two to five days,” he said.

“Prodes has a significantly more detailed resolution of 20 to 30 meters for at least 6.25 hectares but the interval between images is greater; 18 to 27 days. All these data are available to the public so that they can monitor the development of the region’s deforestation.”

Indonesia has also been using a satellite, Landsat, to take pictures of the condition of the forests, but the nation has to depend on semi-manual analysis. Brazil, on the other hand, has succeeded in developing the two systems to derive an accurate rate of deforestation.

Masyhud, head of information at the Forestry Ministry, said Indonesia was a step ahead of Brazil because it has been using satellite imaging, Landsat, to monitor the forest since the early 1990s.

“We can’t get annual data because we would need to interpret it, and that’s not cheap,” Masyhud said. “So, usually the interpretation [of the satellite images] is based on necessity and is not necessarily being done annually.”

Markus Ratriyono, spokesman of Forest Watch Indonesia, said the satellite could be very effective but the process to analyze the data always took a very long time.

“If you compare it to Brazil, then, yes, they are few steps ahead considering how easy it is for them to get the data and trust it,” Markus said. “We’ve never got into details concerning deforestation, we’ve only got charts which are open to doubts.”

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