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)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

No More Cutting Natural Forests, Minister Orders

Jakarta Globe, Fidelis E. Satriastanti | January 18, 2011      

The forestry minister on Monday warned some logging companies that they needed to stop harvesting trees from natural woodlands immediately.

Minister Zulkifli Hasan’s warned logging and timber
companies  still harvesting trees from natural forest
concessions they had been granted in 2010. (EPA
Photo/Mast Irha)
Minister Zulkifli Hasan’s warning was aimed not only at logging firms granted concessions this year, but also at timber companies still harvesting trees from natural forest concessions they had been granted in 2010.

“We are reorganizing the management of the pulp and paper industry,” Zulkifli said.

“Previously, they had been allowed to cut down trees from natural forests, but after 2010, not anymore.”

The reorganization comes as part of a two-year moratorium, due to start this month on granting new concessions in peatlands and primary forests.

The moratorium is part of a bilateral agreement with Norway, in exchange for which Indonesia will receive $1 billion in funding for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD-Plus) schemes.

“We are hoping that in 2011, they [2010 permits holders] are already done with their cutting and are starting planting activities.”

However, he said firms which obtained their logging permits before 2010 were allowed to continue harvesting in primary forests.

Firms found to be in violation of the order would be punished, Zulkifli said.

“For sanctions, the ministry has already issued a regulation stating that if the company fails to comply within two years, then, we will revoke their permits.”

However, Elfian Effendi, director executive of policy development institute Greenomics Indonesia, said the Ministry of Forestry should have first ascertained whether the country’s industrial, or planted, forests were adequate to supply growing demand.

“Before he came out with that statement he should have checked and explained whether we could supply [timber] solely from industrial forests and not coming from natural forests,” Elfian said.

“I am not sure we can completely let go of natural forests, we are very dependent on natural forests. At least 50 percent, sometimes 60 percent of [lumber comes from them].”

Furthermore, Elfian said Greenomics had been urging the ministry to set up its own team to assess the country’s ability to fulfill pulp and paper demand before putting out such statements.

“In 2002 to 2008, the government regulations decreed that industrial forests can only be established in barren areas, bush areas or non-productive areas,” he said.

“However, the reality is that [timber] was coming from natural forests.

The Supreme Audit Agency [BPK] has considered this an illegal activity but the ministry has never followed up on the cases,” he said, citing a BPK audit that was conducted on 19 companies in Riau.

Earlier in January, the Forestry Ministry announced that 500,000 hectares of land concessions would be granted this year in previously logged areas as part of a wider plan to keep virgin forests intact and slow the rate of carbon dioxide emissions.

According to Zulkifli, the timber industry in Indonesia is worth around $16 billion annually and employs at least 240,000 workers.

Last year, the industry contributed $4 billion in state revenue, or 6.1 percent of the total.

Earlier in January, the Forestry Ministry announced that 500,000 hectares of land concessions would be granted this year in previously logged areas as part of a wider plan to keep virgin forests intact and slow the rate of carbon dioxide emissions.

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