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

RI rubber production may rise 10 percent this year

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Indonesia's rubber production is likely to increase by 10 percent this year to 2.6 million tons from 2.37 million tons last year, an executive of the Indonesian Rubber Research Institute says.

Institute director Chairil Anwar said Tuesday that over the last three years, the country's rubber production had increased by 7 percent per year on average.

"As one of the world's main suppliers of rubber, Indonesia is expected to boost its rubber production year by year to meet the increasing demand worldwide," he said.

Indonesia is currently the world's second largest producer of natural rubber after Thailand, where production reached 3 million tons last year.

Indonesia exports the bulk of its rubber to a number of countries, with China being its main market, importing between 200,000 and 300,000 tons per year. It also exports to the United States, Japan and several European countries.

Rubber exports were valued at US$4 billion last year, and are expected to be worth between $4 billion and $4.5 billion this year.

According to data from the International Rubber Study Group, total global rubber production amounted to 9.26 million tons last year, while total demand stood at 8.97 million tons.

Indonesia is expected to become the world's number one producer by 2020, overtaking Thailand, with a total production of more than 4 million tons.

"Indonesia has a major chance of becoming the main producer as Malaysia has begun to shift its focus to palm oil, while Thailand has to cope with land shortages," Anwar explained.

Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, the world's three largest rubber producers, established a tripartite consortium in 2001. They currently supply 80 percent of the world's total demand for rubber.

Indonesia will host an international rubber conference and exhibition in Bali from June 13 through 15. The event will showcase the latest technological breakthroughs by rubber research institutes around the world.

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