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)

Friday, March 9, 2007

Ministry suggests 'recharging' groundwater supply

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The State Ministry for Research and Technology has proposed building what are known as "recharge ponds" at suitable locations in the city to maintain the level or flow of rivers in the dry season and prevent flooding in the rainy season.

State Minister Kusmayanto Kadiman met last week with city administration officials to discuss the plan to build structures to catch rainfall or storm runoff and slowly release it, either into surface streams or the aquifer.

He said researchers had identified 40 suitable locations for the ponds comprising 820 hectares of land in total.

They include the watersheds of Ciliwung River in Central and West Jakarta, Sunter and Angke rivers in North Jakarta, Cipinang and Buaran rivers in East Jakarta and Mampang, Krukut and Pesanggrahan rivers in South Jakarta.

"The ponds would slow down the flow of the water, forcing more to go into the aquifer," he said after meeting with city administration officials.

The aquifer is an underground layer of water-permeable rock or unconsolidated material such as gravel, sand, silt or clay, from which groundwater can be extracted.

Deputy to the minister Idwan Suhardi said many underground rivers had silted up, reducing their capacity to hold water.

He said the ministry was building a recharge pond at the University of Indonesia's Depok campus, which was estimated to cost Rp 2 billion (US$222,000)

Located on the campus' dam, the pond will channel water from the dam into the aquifer.

Idwan said the other recharge ponds would be less complicated to build than the one at the university.

"They will be built at the location of underground rivers that are so silted up they no longer flow. We have the technology to pinpoint the exact locations."

Governor Sutiyoso said the administration would adopt the plan, which complemented its flood control programs.

"We will present all of the projects to the House of Representatives later this month to get financial support."

The city water regulatory body had previously recommended the construction of underground reservoirs to replenish groundwater supplies and prevent flooding.

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