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.

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"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, September 1, 2013

Japan to Help Indonesia Cut Greenhouse Emissions

Jakarta Globe, Tito Summa Siahaan, September 1, 2013

An aerial shot showing deforestated land in Tesso Nilo National Park, Riau.
(EPA Photo/Bagus Idahono)

Indonesia and Japan have signed a deal to smooth the way for Japanese companies who wish to help Indonesia reduce greenhouse emissions through improved technology and conservation schemes.

With Friday’s signing of a bilateral agreement known as a joint crediting mechanism (JCM), the two countries have cut out intermediaries in greenhouse-friendly technology transfer, investment, financing and capacity building.

Currently, under the Kyoto greenhouse protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, the United Nations must sign off on each Japanese company’s participation, after a lengthy screening process.

The new agreement will help Indonesia cash in more rapidly on Japanese companies’ attempts to offset their own industrial carbon emissions by gaining credit for helping avoid emissions elsewhere in the world.

According to Rizal Affandi Sukma, deputy minister for economic and international financing cooperation, the Japanese government needs the help of developing countries like Indonesia to meet its commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020. “Japan is already very efficient so they have little room to improve at home,” Rizal said.

As part of the JCM agreement, the Japanese government has conducted feasibility studies in generating carbon emissions reductions in Indonesia through renewable energy, forestry, energy conservation, agriculture, transportation, carbon storage and waste treatment.

Indonesia has also set its own ambitious 2020 targets, of 26 percent emissions reduction under its own steam, and 41 percent reductions with international assistance through schemes such as that signed on Friday.

Foreign assistance in reducing greenhouse emissions has not gone smoothly so far. The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve, a private sector effort backed by Russian energy giant Gazprom and German Insurer Allianz, saw the Ministry of Forestry slash its project area in half, handing the land over to a palm oil company.

In July, Australia shelved its $43 million Kalimantan Forest Carbon Partnership project without explanation.

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