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)

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Carbon credits: Incentives for biofuel development

The Jakarta Post

Achmad Syafriel, Research Analyst

The forthcoming implementation of the carbon credit system under the Kyoto Protocol will support the development of the biofuel industry going forward.

Starting next year, many countries are expected to reduce their emission levels below the quotas that have been set individually for each country. This is mandated by the Kyoto Protocol, which was signed and agreed to by 141 countries nearly 10 years ago.

The participating countries agreed to reduce six greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulfur hexafluoride, HFCs, and PFCs), associated with global warming.

The Kyoto Protocol is an amendment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international treaty that brought countries together for the purpose of reducing global warming and mitigating the effects of temperature increases.

Bear in mind, the world's average temperature has increased by nearly one degree Celsius over the last 150 years since the commencement of industrialization. The provisions included in the Kyoto Protocol are legally binding on all the countries that have ratified it.

The Kyoto Protocol requires industrialized countries between 2008 and 2012 to reduce emission levels to, on average, 5.2 percent below where they were in 1990. The treaty sets quotas on the amount of greenhouse gases that each country can produce in order to achieve emission reductions of up to 8 percent for regions such as the EU. On the other hand, the treaty still permits emission increases for countries such as Australia and Iceland. However, to date the U.S. and Australia have refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

Under the Kyoto Protocol, every activity that reduces oxygen and produces emissions will be penalized. Meanwhile, activities that add oxygen and reduce emissions will be rewarded with what are called carbon credits, i.e., certificates awarded to countries that successfully reduce emissions. These carbon credits can be traded, and one credit is equivalent to one ton of CO2 emissions.

The Kyoto Protocol will be applied in practice by setting emission quotas for companies that typically produce a lot of emissions, such as paper mills and mining firms.

The penalties for such companies could be huge if they fail to engage in oxygen-producing activities. However, companies that exceed their emission quotas will be able to, and will also be required to, compensate for their polluting activities by buying carbon credits. Meanwhile, companies whose emissions are below their quotas will be allowed to sell their carbon credits.

As industrial development in many countries continues, the level of emissions is expected to increase. Going forward, more companies may need to buy more credits to compensate for the pollutants they make. This will push carbon credit prices up and make them a very expensive commodity. In turn, many companies will be encouraged to engage in environmentally friendly activities that could yield carbon credits.

The production and use of biofuel is regarded as a green energy-producing activity. The logic is that the more biofuel is produced, the less fossil fuels will be used, and the lower the level of emissions produced.

Plantations are considered to be oxygen-producers. Thus, their development will yield carbon credits that will be in high demand by many companies.

This opportunity has been identified by many companies, thus partly explaining the influx of investment into the plantation sector in Indonesia and other countries that are promoting biofuel programs.

Next year, the Kyoto Protocol will start to be implemented. The burden on companies in high emissions industries, such as pulp & paper, mining, cement, steel, textiles and fertilizers, will be enormous. They will henceforth need to compensate for their polluting activities with carbon credits. These will be bought and sold on international exchanges, such as the Chicago Climate Exchange and the European Climate Exchange. Credit prices are expected to be high as many industries will probably exceed their emissions quotas.

So, the development of biofuel is not only a means of reducing dependence on fossil fuels, but will also provide a way for major industrial companies to gain access to carbon credits to compensate for their oxygen-reducing activities. The implementation of the Kyoto Protocol with its carbon credit system will provide another boost for the sustainability of the biofuel development program.

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