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, July 1, 2010

Indonesia’s Last Glacier Will Melt ‘Within Years’

Jakarta Globe, Robin McDowell, July 01, 2010

This image taken from undated video and released by the Papua Project Freeport-McMoRan, shows scientists on glaciers on Puncak Jaya in eastern Indonesia. "These glaciers are dying," Lonnie Thompson, one of the world's most accomplished glaciologists, said on Wednesday. "Before I was thinking they had a few decades, but now I'd say we're looking at years." (AP Photo/ Papua Project Freeport-McMoRan)

Lonnie Thompson spent years preparing for his expedition to the remote, mist-shrouded mountains of eastern Indonesia, hoping to chronicle the affect of global warming on the last remaining glacier in the Pacific. He’s worried he got there too late.

Even as he pitched his tent on top of Puncak Jaya, the ice was melting beneath him.

The 4,884-meter-high glacier was pounded by rain every afternoon during the team’s 13-day trip, something the American scientist has never encountered in three decades of drilling ice cores. He lay awake at night listening to the water gushing beneath him.

By the time they were ready to head home, ice around their sheltered campsite had melted a staggering 12 inches (30 centimeters).

“These glaciers are dying,” said Thompson, one of the world’s most accomplished glaciologists. “Before I was thinking they had a few decades, but now I’d say we’re looking at years.”

Thompson has led 57 such expeditions in 16 countries around the planet, from China to Peru.

But for him, the Papuan glaciers, because they lie along the fringe of the world’s warmest ocean and could provide clues about regional weather patterns, were an unexplored “missing link.”

It is this region that generates El Nino disturbances and influences climate from India’s monsoons to the Amazon’s droughts.

As such, it is one of the only “archives” about the story of the equatorial phenomenon, said Michael Prentice of the Indiana Geological Survey, who has long been interested in the area. It also could point to what lies ahead for billions of people in Asia.

The ice that covered much of Papua thousands of years ago is today just 2 square kilometers wide and 32 meters deep. Deep crevasses crisscross the dirty ice.

Glaciers worldwide are in retreat, with major losses already seen across much of Alaska, the Alps, the Andes and numerous other ranges. What makes Puncak Jaya different, aside from its location in the Pacific, is just how little is known about it.

Research permits to work in Papua are difficult to obtain, in part because Indonesia’s government is hugely sensitive to the region’s long-simmering insurgency. Foreign journalists are barred and humanitarian groups are restricted.

It is also one of the most isolated corners of the sprawling archipelagic nation.

The US mining company Freeport-McMoRan, operating nearby, helped airlift the team to Puncak Jaya’s heights by helicopter, along with four tons of equipment — from electromechanical and thermal drill systems, to radars needed to map the underlying rock, said one of its employees, Scott Hanna.

There was a winch and cables, high-altitude camping gear and boxes to preserve ice samples, which will eventually join 70,000 meters of tropical cores being kept in cold storage in Columbus, Ohio.

There, glaciologists will help analyze the ice layer by layer through centuries past.

Flecks of dust, falling seasonally, enable them to count down the years, much like tree rings. Isotopes of oxygen, in minute air bubbles trapped in the ice, vary with temperature helping researchers understand how ancient weather shifted.

“I just hope we weren’t too late,” said Thompson, 62, adding that in addition to melting from the top, water likely seeped in to the base of the glacier, leaving them with limited records from a section of time.

“But still, the have horizontal layers all the way through, so I think we were able to salvage at least a little bit of the climate history,” said Thompson of Ohio State University, who co-coordinated the expedition with Dwi Susanto of Columbia University.

Among other things, the team expects to find volcanic ash from past eruptions — the 1883 blast of Krakatau and Tambora in 1815 should help serve as timelines — soot from wildfires, pollen, plant debris and maybe even frozen animals.

Satellite images and aerial photos have long shown the glacier in rapid retreat.

The mountain has lost about 80 percent of its ice since 1936 — two-thirds of that since the last scientific expedition in the early 1970s.

Thompson says he thinks temperatures are rising twice as fast in high altitudes as at the earth’s surface, which, if true, could have broad implications on people who depend on glaciers for water during the dry season, such as in the Himalayas.

Associated Press

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