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, October 7, 2010

Govt puts off Norway fund disbursement

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 10/07/2010

Indonesia has asked Norway to postpone the disbursement of millions of dollars under a climate partnership deal because Jakarta has not completed necessary preparatory steps stipulated in the deal, a minister said.

It is not clear when the decision was made but the first disbursement of US$30 million of Norway’s pledged $1 billion was expected to take place this year.

“President [Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono] suggests that we not take the money now, and wait for preparations to be improved,” Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta told reporters at a meeting on biodiversity on Wednesday.

The statement comes as Indonesian officials, led by Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, arrived home after a study tour to Brazil to learn about implementation procedures there to pave the way for the implementation of a REDD plus agreement signed by Brazil and Norway that covers areas in the Amazon rainforest.

Kuntoro, who is now chief of the Presidential Work Unit for Development and Control (UKP4), could not be reached for the comment.

Before the study tour, Indonesia and Norway delegations held a meeting on the sidelines of the UN Assembly meeting in New York to discuss which international financial institution should serve as the banker for the deal.

Norway was expected to disburse $30 million this year, another $70 million in 2011 and $100 million in 2012. The remaining $800 million is to be distributed based on carbon emissions prevented through the protection of the forest.

Meanwhile, the President’s special assistant on climate change, Agus Purnomo, denied a decision had been made to postpone receiving money from the Norwegian government.

“The taskforce on REDD [plus] will decide which financial institutions will manage the first disbursement of the $30 million from Norway on Monday,” Agus, who is also a member of the REDD taskforce, told The Jakarta Post.

“The decision will be the President’s but the selection of financial institutions — whether the UN Development Program (UNDP) or the Asian Development Bank (ADB) — will be made by the REDD taskforce.”

Indonesia has said that the $30 million installment would be used to set up independent institutions on financing, REDD plus and the MRV system. The three institutions should be established by the end of this year, according to the pact.

The President has so far only issued a decree to set up a taskforce on REDD plus that would establish institutions needed to implement the Indonesia-Norway climate partnership.

Under the agreement, Indonesia should pick one province to host a pilot project this year. Officials have repeatedly said preparations will meet all targets on schedule.

Minister Gusti said Indonesia was making good progress in its preparations to pave the way for the partnership. “The disbursement of Norway’s money might be made in 2011,” he said.

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