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, August 26, 2010

Mercury found at old Exxon site

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 08/26/2010 9:37 AM

An investigation by the Environment Ministry has found that soil at former workshop and warehouse facility of ExxonMobil in Hueng village in North Aceh allegedly contains mercury, a highly toxic metal.

The field investigation was conducted from Aug. 18 to 20 with four samples of soil taken from the area of measuring 15x17.8 square meters.

“The mercury could be seen in the field,” Imam Hendargo Ismoyo, deputy minister of the hazardous waste at the Environment Ministry said on Wednesday.

He said some parts of the soil was infused with the metal as deep as 60 centimeters when the ministry’s officials dig it up.

The ministry said it would bring samples to its laboratory to confirm the finding before taking any legal action.

Officials from Environment Ministry and ExxonMobil Indonesia were slated to meet on Thursday to clarify the findings.

Vice president of public affair of ExxonMobil Indonesia, Maman Budiman, denied the mercury originated from its gas operation in Aceh.

“The area is used as a heavy equipment workshop housing tractors, while there is also a clinic built in the area,” he said on Wednesday.

“There is no production of mercury in the area.”

He said the management of ExxonMobil would provide data, including management on mercury to ministry office on Thursday.

“If the ministry finds soil contaminated with mercury, we are ready to discuss it with the ministry and crosscheck the findings,” he said.

The ExxonMobil team will be headed by the company’s safety health and environment manager.

The UN Environment Program (UNEP) said most people and animals poisoned by mercury did so by inhaling the metal in fumes emitted by industrial processes and coal-fired power stations, or by ingesting mercury in food.

Mercury may be released into the air when coal, oil, or wood are burned as fuel or when mercury heavy waste is incinerated.

Resulting mercury concentrations in outdoor air are usually low and of little direct concern.

However, mercury in the air can fall to the ground with rain, landing on soil or in bodies of water, causing contamination.

Lakes and rivers are also contaminated when there is a direct discharge of mercury-laden industrial waste into the water.

The ministry earlier said Indonesia was susceptible to mercury poisoning.

Indonesia imported 9 tons of mercury in 2009, primarily for use in dental clinics and small mining operations. Many Indonesian dentists still use mercury-based amalgam to fill cavities.

Indonesian government has announced plans to meet international standards currently being developed that would outlaw the use and production of mercury.

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