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)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Indonesia awaits Newmont pollution case verdict

Wis News 10

By Fitri Wulandari

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian court is due to give a verdict on Tuesday in a pollution trial involving Newmont Mining Corp (NEM.N). that is seen as a test of attitudes toward foreign firms and environmental protection.

The U.S. miner and the chief of its local unit, Richard Ness, are charged with dumping toxic substances into a bay near a now defunct gold mine on Sulawsi island, making villagers sick.

Newmont and Ness deny the charges, pointing to studies that have found no evidence of pollution. If convicted, Ness could be jailed for three years and Newmont heavily fined.

A guilty verdict could deter foreign investors from investing in Indonesia's already struggling mining sector, some analysts say, while environmentalists want the country to send a message showing it is serious about enforcing laws to protect the country's rapidly degrading environment.

A Manado court in North Sulawesi province, where the case against PT Newmont Minahasa Raya has been tried since 2005, is expected to deliver its verdict on Tuesday.

"The case has caused uncertainty among investors, thinking they could be next. If Newmont is found guilty it will cause distrust in the mining sector," said Priyo Pribadi Soemarno, executive director of the Indonesia Mining Association.


Indonesia has some of the world's largest deposits of gold, tin, copper and nickel, and some of the world's top mining firms such as Freeport-McMoran Copper&Gold (FCX.N) and PT International Nickel Indonesia (INCO.JK) have operations in the country.

But the sector has been struggling to attract foreign money as legal uncertainty, rampant graft and red-tape have steered foreign investors away from Indonesia.

The mining industry grew by just 2.2 percent in 2006, Indonesian government data shows, much slower than overall economic growth of 5.5 percent due to the absence of major investment in the past years.

Mining firms are also concerned over a draft mining bill which includes plans to replace the use of work contracts with mining licenses, which can be altered at any time and are valid for a shorter time.

Newmont said last month it might reconsider its investments in Indonesia if its executive was found guilty.

Last year, Newmont, which is based in Denver, settled a civil case without admitting wrongdoing and agreed to pay $30 million to an environmental foundation in North Sulawesi.

The company, which has been mining in Indonesia for over a decade, also has plans to spend $400 million to $500 million to expand its operating mine at Batu Hijau in Sumbawa island.

Mining investors are also worried the case will fuel more opposition to mining projects in regions over pollution concerns.

Soemarno of the Indonesian Mining Association cited opposition from North Sulawesi province in January to a gold project operated by PT Meares Soputan Mining, an Indonesia unit of British-based Archipelago Resources Plc (AR.L)., for fear of pollution.

Torry Kuswardono, mining campaign officer at Indonesia Environmental Forum, said mining brought few long-term benefits.

"The government should not rely on mining as we have faced many natural disasters due to environmental damage," he said.

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