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)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

RI, Malaysia to cooperate in tackling illegal logging

Antara News, Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said Tuesday Malaysia is ready to have talks with Indonesia on bilateral trade in timber amid increased allegations that the neighboring state had been receiving Indonesian timber from illegal logging.

"I have met with the Malaysian side and they said `zero tolerance` to timbers from illegal logging and smuggling. Hopefully, we will sign a memorandum of understanding with them (on the issue)," said Minister Hasan.

He added that illegal logging had caused Indonesia huge financial losses as well as deforestation.

The minister also said that when visited China, he got information from Chinese timber business circle that they still received timbers (merbau wood) from Malaysia and Singapore.

As Indonesia has signed a cooperation agreement for eradicating trade of timbers supplied from illegal logging activities, now illegal logging has decreased significantly. China now does not want to receive uncertified merbau woods from the suppliers.

Efforts on putting pressure to trade of timber from illegal logging activities, according to Hasan, has shown positive progress that it has increasingly been difficult to sell uncertified timbers. Indonesia has issued a policy of subjecting the trade on timber legality verification system (SVLK) since September 1, 2010.

Three Indonesian companies which have been certified to export timber based on the system are PD Sinar Agung (Tangerang), PT Karya Guna Ekatama (Pasuruan) and PT Tanjung Timberindo Industry (Deli Serdang).

World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), in its position paper on illegal logging, says that the global trade in roundwood, paper, furniture, and other products originating from illegally extracted timber is a multi-million dollar industry. Illegal logging and related trade occurs when timber is harvested, transported, processed, bought or sold in violation of national or sub-national laws.

Although generally portrayed as a problem in tropical forests, illegality also occurs in developed countries and economies in transition. Illegal logging takes place in many countries on a small scale and may have limited impact on the environment or society in general.

Illegal logging has a particularly devastating effect on biodiversity because the perpetrators often deliberately target remaining high-conservation-value forests, including protected areas, which contain the highly valuable hardwood species that have been overexploited elsewhere.

Illegal logging also affects human communities through loss of natural forest resources and sometimes through intimidation and violence. The hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenues lost around the world as a result of illegal logging and related trade also has a wider social impact.

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