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, April 15, 2010

Govt regulation to allow businesses in peatlands

Adianto P. Simamora , The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 04/15/2010 9:36 AM

The government is drafting a regulation on peatland protection that would allow businesses to utilize the areas despite mounting calls for a moratorium to conserve the areas to prevent the release of emissions.

Article 16 of the draft regulation stipulates peatland areas could be used for at least 10 purposes including, pastures, plantations, fisheries, residential, mining and transmigration areas.

It says any people operating businesses in peatland areas should manage a minimum water level to prevent fires that would lead to the huge release of emissions into the atmosphere.

“The regulation aims to minimize damage to peatland ecosystems,” Masnellyarti Hilman, deputy minister for environmental damage control at the Environment Ministry told reporters on Wednesday.

“It would be wrong if we were prohibited to utilize peatland.”

The draft, which has been submitted to the ministry’s legal and human rights affairs, says peat domes with thickness of more than 3 meters would be categorized as protected areas and would be restricted.

It also stipulates that businesspeople should set aside 30 percent of its peatland area to be restored.

Currently, the government has no specific regulation on peatlands, which are believed to contain huge stocks of greenhouse gas.

The ministry predicted Indonesia has 30 million hectares of peatland mostly in Sumatra, Papua and Kalimantan.

A number of plantations currently operate on peatland.

A study by the the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) last year recommended a moratorium on peatland conversion to meet pledged emissions cuts to tackle climate change.

Bappenas predicted damaged peatlands contributed to about 1 billion tons of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year, half of the country’s total emissions.

Indonesia has pledged to cut emissions by 26 percent by 2020 to help slow the effects of climate change.

Activists said opening peatlands risked the release of huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Wetlands International asked the government to review the draft on fears it would only encourage people to open business on peatland.

“It is not in line with the government’s commitment to cut emissions,” I Nyoman Suriyadiputra from Wetlands International said.

A study from Wetlands said that Kalimantan, with 5.8 million hectares of peatland could store some 40 gigatons of CO2.

It said that Central Kalimantan alone, with 3 million hectares of peatland in Kapuas, Ketingan and Kahayan Hilir regencies, has the capacity to store 22 gigatons of emissions.

“One effective way to reduce emissions in Central Kalimantan is by blocking canals to prevent fires,” he said.

The Greenpeace earlier protested the destruction of peatlands in Riau, which they say stored around 2 gigatons of carbon, with peat layers of more than 15 meters.

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