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, June 27, 2013

Malaysia Pushes Indonesia for Anti-Smog Asean Treaty

Jakarta Globe,  JG/AFP,  June 27, 2013

Haze hangs over a river in Siak, Riau Province, Indonesia on Wednesday,
June 26, 2013 (Bloomberg Photo/Dimas Ardian)

Heavy rains continued to fall on the fires still smoldering on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Thursday as Malaysian officials pushed Indonesia to ratify a long-ignored treaty banning hazardous slash-and-burn clearing for plantations.

Malaysian Environment Minister G. Palanivel visited his Indonesian counterpart on Thursday after nine days of widespread plantation fires in Riau left the region choking on some of the worst levels of air pollution in more than a decade. The minister urged Indonesia to get serious about tackling what has become an annual problem.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) issued a treaty in 2002 after a similar crisis in 1997 cost the region an estimated $9 billion in losses. Indonesia, which was responsible for the 1997 haze crisis, has refused to ratify the treaty.

“The environment minister has to deal with this ratification,” Palanivel told the Agence France-Presse. “If they can ratify the treaty then they can go forward.”

Indonesian Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya said the nation was “in the process” of ratifying the treaty.

Thursday’s meeting came as the dangerous haze covering Malaysia and Singapore continued to dissipate after days of favorable winds and heavy rains. The number of hotspots reported in Sumatra fell to 59 on Thursday, down from 264 record at the height of the blaze, the Pekanbaru chapter of the Meteorology, Geophysics and Climate Agency said.

Thousands of fire fighters doused the remaining fires on Thursday as local police arrested five more farmers allegedly responsible for the initial fires that sparked the massive blaze. Riau Police have detained 14 people in their widening investigation into this year’s plantation fires as officers looked into allegations that four plantation companies were involved in illegal land clearing.

“The suspects are still being questioned and are under police investigation,” Riau Police spokesman Adj. Comr. Hermansyagh said of the farmers.

The farmers reportedly lost control of fire set to clear their lands, Hermansyagh said.

This year’s forest fires ignited a diplomatic row between Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia and prompted President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to issue a formal apology to Indonesia’s neighbors over the haze. But as the situation returned to normal on Thursday, the Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) warned that the dry season — and the annual forest fires it brings — had only just begun.

“We will have a dry season until October,” Heru Widodo, head of the artificial rain unit at the BPPT. “So it’s possible that the number of hotspots will increase again.”

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