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)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Govt not to develop oil palm plantations on peat land

Antara News, Friday, June 4, 2010 20:21 WIB

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government will not allow development of oil palm plantations on peat land in an effort to increase palm oil production, Agriculture Minister Suswono said here on Friday.

He said the government would focus on increasing the productivity of current plantations rather than conducting expansions.

The agriculture minister said the government had so far produced licenses for the development of 9.8 million hectares of oil palm plantations in the country but so far only 7.9 million hectares had been realized and so 1.9 million hectares more still have yet to be developed.

"No further development of oil palm plantations however will be allowed on peat land or primary forests," he said.

In view of that, he said the planned moratorium of oil palm plantation development in 2011-2013 would not disrupt national crude palm oil production.

The minister said the ban on oil palm plantation development on peat land was effective only for new license holders while those that have held the license before the issuance of the ban could still implement development but must follow the regulation on peat land oil palm plantation development.

Based on the regulation oil palm plantation development could only be carried on less than three meter thick peat lands.

The minister said the productivity of oil palm plantations right now is only 2.5 tons per hectare which is still below that of Malaysia which reaches 4 tons per hectare.

He said if productivity could be increased to equal that of Malaysia national crude palm oil production could increase twice higher than now.

With total oil palm plantations now recorded at 7.3 million hectares Indonesia could produce 21.5 million tons of palm oil. In 2020 the country expects to increase production to 40 million tons.

The minister said the most important thing to do now is finding new markets so that Indonesia would not depend too much on Europe.

He said he planned to go to Helsinki on June 14-15 to conduct positive campaign on palm oil industry in the country.

On June 11-13 he would meanwhile visit Saudi Arabia to among others witness the signing of a cooperation agreement between Savola Group of Saudi and PT Smart of Indonesia.

"Savola plans to import 600,000 tons of palm oil a year from PT Smart," he said.

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