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, April 19, 2007

Climate change has pushed up Jakarta rainfall: BMG

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Increased temperatures caused by human-induced global warming have led to higher monthly rainfall in Jakarta, according to the Geophysical and Meteorological Agency (BMG).

"The BMG has recorded an increase in the monthly rainfall rate in some areas, including Jakarta, East Java and East Nusa Tenggara between 1900 and 2000," the agency's secretary, Andi Eka Sakya, said Tuesday. The BMG figures were based on estimates over the 100-year period.

The BMG said Jakarta, Banten and West Java experienced a 12 percent rise in monthly rainfall from 310 to 360 millimeters.

"The rainfall rise is related to the increase of temperature as stated in the IPCC's (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report. This climate anomaly must be anticipated as a cause of (future) flooding," Andi was quoted as saying by Antara.

The IPCC is the world's top authority on climate change.

The panel issued its second report on climate change "impacts, adaptation and vulnerability" last week.

The report said Indonesia will experience rises in temperature of between 0.2 degrees and 1 degree Celsius per year.

The 1,572-page document, written and reviewed by 441 scientists, predicted that by 2050 an extra 130 million people across Asia would be at risk of hunger because of climate change.

The report said Asia would be hit particularly hard as global temperatures increased in coming decades.

The BMG said monthly rainfall in East Nusa Tenggara rose by 18 percent from 430 to 530 mm through the twentieth century, while Bali experienced a rainfall increase of 17 percent to 360 mm.

Leading environmental groups warned the government to take rapid steps to deal with the future negative consequences of climate change.

"As a very vulnerable country, Indonesia must calculate and put the impacts of climate change into national development planning," said Kuki Soejachmoen of Pelangi Indonesia, an environmental group.

She said the government had to start collecting data on climate change as the basis for formulating national strategies to mitigate the dangers arising from hotter weather.

Ari Muhammad, climate change coordinator at WWF Indonesia, urged the government to promote adaptive measures in order to minimize the impact of climate change.

"Adaptation is a crucial issue in climate change talks. Therefore, the government needs to make reducing risks a priority," he said.

The IPCC report called for a range of adaptive measures including limiting new building along threatened coastlines, building corridors to allow threatened species to migrate, and improving water conservation.

The report said sustainable development policies with climate change in mind should be put into common practice. It also said public food distribution networks, disaster preparedness, and health care systems should be improved to reduce the vulnerability of developing countries.

State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar earlier warned that several areas of Jakarta would be swamped by rising sea levels.

He said Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Banten, the country's largest recreational park, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol in East Jakarta and the luxury housing complex of Kelapa Gading would be swamped by 2050.

The minister made his prediction based on the IPCC's first report, which predicted a sea level increase of between 18cm and 58cm by 2100.

Indonesia will host an international conference on climate change in December. The conference to be held in Bali will be attended by 10,000 delegates from 180 countries.

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