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)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

How Do You Save Sumatra? Google Map It

Jakarta Globe, Andrew D. Kaspa, June 03, 2012

A map showing Sumatra's forest cover in 1985.
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Sumatra becomes a digital paint-by-number as you play with the layering functions of the “Google Earth: Eyes on the Forest” map. With one click, the world’s sixth-largest island becomes a sea of green rainforest. Another click reveals a decidedly less emerald present-day reality.

Toggling the various data sets can be an enlightening — and for the environmentally conscious, alarming — exercise.

The project, unveiled last week, is a joint venture of Google Earth Outreach, the World Wildlife Fund and Eyes on the Forest, a Sumatra-based coalition of environmental NGOs. It organizes decades of data in a visual array that sheds light on a bedeviling question: Just what’s really out there in Sumatra, and how quickly are the forests being destroyed?

Users can query the Google Maps Engine for an assortment of data on Sumatra, such as what land is ostensibly under government protection, what types of forests exist and once existed, and which land tracts are considered high-priority conservation areas.

In the spotlight are four critically endangered species — the Sumatran rhino, elephant, orangutan and tiger — that are often the “faces” of deforestation on the island. Users can set the map to reveal the shrinking ranges of these animals over the last 25 years.

It becomes clear that Sumatra’s shrinking forests are sending these animals the way of the dodo.

Afdhal Mahyuddin, a spokesman for the coalition, said a synthesis of governmental and NGO data began in the early 2000s. The tool’s creators hope the map can help inform policy debates, raise awareness and maybe, just maybe, slow the rate of deforestation.

“Now is the time to turn these static reports into dynamic, living web-based databases,” Afdhal wrote in an e-mail to the Jakarta Globe. “WWF and EoF focused on Sumatra … as it is the island with the highest deforestation rate in Indonesia and where transparency on the drivers of that deforestation is needed the most.”

The most sobering feature of the new tool is the ability to push “play” on the deforestation that has taken place on the island since 1985, watching the dramatic withering of the island’s forest cover play out on loop. Based on WWF data, the Google Maps Engine shows the incremental loss of just less than 50 percent of natural forest cover since 1985.

Map layers also address the broader issue of deforestation’s contribution to carbon dioxide-induced global warming, which is taking place in rainforests across the world. The depletion of carbon stocks stored up in trees and peatland is a problem not just for Sumatran tigers and rhinos, but for humankind’s posterity as well.

The project is a logical outgrowth of two things: the fact that Indonesia’s rainforests are seeing some of the fastest rates of deforestation on the planet, and Indonesians’ insatiable appetite for all things web-related. Maps may succeed where protests and studies have not.

It is part of a broader suite of Google Earth projects with a philanthropic bent, typically launched in collaboration with NGOs. Recent projects include a map to track land-mine clearing around the world; partnering with an indigenous tribe to protect the Amazon rainforest they call home; and a map revealing the effects of mountaintop mining removal in the United States’ Appalachian Mountains.

The Sumatra team hopes to eventually include other regions and data sets.

“Ultimately, a nationwide civil society-driven ‘Internet map facility’ like this would be very desirable,” Afdhal wrote. “But it would only work and stay current if it is supported by all the stakeholders who have and are collecting detailed knowledge on any given geographical area to be collected by the facility.”

“Further expansion is planned, but will also depend on how fast we can find funding for the work.”

And as they say, money doesn’t grow on trees.

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