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)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Are Indonesia's Emission Targets a Pipe Dream?

The Jakarta Globe, Fidelis E Satriastanti

The cuts could be achieved through proper peatland management, says one environmentalist. (Photo: Antara)

Though President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono sparked controversy with his vague pledge at the G-20 Summit in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 percent by 2020, environmentalists said on Wednesday they believed the target was achievable — at least on paper.

On Sept. 25, during the summit in Pittsburgh, Yudhoyono said the country’s emission reductions could reach 41 percent if international assistance was offered.

The pledges were initially greeted with skepticism given the lack of detail contained in Yudhoyono’s speech. Rachmat Witoelar, the state minister for the environment at the time, later filled in the details, saying the cuts would be generated from two sectors. He said 17 percent of the reductions would come from the energy sector through energy efficiency and renewable energy, and 9 percent from the forestry sector through a reduction in illegal logging, forest fires and better peatland management.

Within two months, however, those figures had changed, with newly installed State Minister for the Environment Gusti Muhammad Hatta saying that 14 percent of the emission reductions would come from the forestry sector through reforestation programs and the reduction of deforestation and degradation, 6 percent from the energy sector through energy management and 6 percent through waste management schemes.

Yus Rusila Noor, senior program officer for Wetlands International’s office in Indonesia, said it appeared the initial targets were calculated too quickly, given that they were later revised.

“In theory, however, in the forestry sector, it can easily be achieved through peatland management,” Yus said.

According to data from the National Council on Climate Change, peatland contributed 1.0 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2005, with a reduction potential of 700 megatons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2030.

Yus said such a reduction would mean a greater than 50 percent reduction in emissions in the sector, making the 14 percent overall target realistic.

“However, this can only be achieved if these targets are listed as national targets and are included in government policy. We can’t just leave the targets in the hands of the State Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Forestry.”

Yus said the management of the country’s peatland needed to be addressed, with a focus on rehabilitating peatland that had been drained for use as plantations. He said non-forested peatland released more carbon than forested peatland.

“It is important to ensure the reforestation [of peatland] but it will be in vain if we don’t shut off the canals [that channel water out from peatlands],” he said.

Yus cited the government’s efforts to close down canals at former Mega Rice Project areas in Central Kalimantan, an ambitious Suharto-era project that was abandoned before it could achieve its goal of turning one million hectares of peatland into rice fields.

Award-winning environmental campaigner Yuyun Ismawati, director of the BaliFokus foundation, said a 6 percent reduction in emissions through improved waste management was not difficult, but would take at least five years to achieve.

Furthermore, she said, the establishment of sanitary landfills in the country would attract investors, particularly for carbon investments through the Clean Development Mechanism.

“It is actually a lot cheaper and easier to implement than investment in the forestry sector [which is more complicated in terms of technology and conflict over land],” she said. “With an investment of Rp 3 billion [$318,000] for the basic infrastructure these sanitary landfills could potentially reduce carbon [emissions] by at least 60,000 tons per year, and with the addition of an extra Rp 1.5 billion they could obtain carbon credits.”

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