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)

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Stove project fails to satisfy UN requirements

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The Jakarta administration's hopes of reaping revenue from carbon trading have suffered a setback as the United Nations does not recognize stove projects that use timber under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

"If the UN Executive Board has not developed a methodology that makes it possible for the stove project to get credit by reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the city administration cannot register it as a CDM activity, Prasetyadi Utomo, the secretary of the Designated National Authority (DNA), told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

The DNA, set up by the government, is tasked with approving CDM projects before they are submitted to the UN board.

The board then decides whether the projects are eligible.

Officials from the DNA and the City Environmental Management Agency (BPLHD) on Thursday met to discuss CDM issues, including the planned stove project.

The administration said it would host the country's first CDM project by distributing eco-friendly stoves to kerosene-reliant households and food vendors later this year.

The stoves would be provided by the German-based EnerXI Gmbh.

In return, stove recipients would be required to plant two trees at any location. They would cut branches and twigs from the trees, but allow them to grow back, which would provide them with a source of renewable fuel.

Prasetyadi said it was feared the recipients might not allow the branches to grow back or would cut down the trees.

"The idea of requiring them to plant trees makes sense but who will guarantee that only twigs and branches are used as raw materials. Cutting down trees means releasing greenhouse gas emissions, which is against the CDM program," he said.

The CDM is the only mechanism provided under the Kyoto Protocol that allows developing countries to take part in greenhouse gas mitigation projects.

The host of the project will receive a Certificate of Emission Reduction (CER) from the UN board based on the tons of emission reduction that can be traded to rich nations.

A ton of CO2 reduction is currently priced at between US$5-10.

Prasetyadi said the DNA had asked the administration to present an alternative project related to either the busway or compressed natural gas (CNG)-fuel bajaj, or the sanitary landfill in Bantar Gebang, Bekasi.

Jakarta dumps over 6,000 tons of garbage every day in the landfill in Bantar Gebang.

"Projects related to the busway, bajaj or landfill are more suitable for promotion as CDM activities. The UN Executive Board has issued methodologies for such projects," he said.

The fuels that are permitted under the projects are unblended gasoline, diesel, liquefied natural gas (LPG) and CNG.

Seven of the 15 planned busway corridors are now operating. Most of the buses on the routes run on CNG.

The administration has pledged to replace 14,600 diesel-powered bajaj with eco-friendly ones.

There are currently 250 units of CNG-fueled bajaj in the capital.

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