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, May 5, 2007

Environment ministry, WB team up for ozone layer

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The State Ministry for the Environment and the World Bank are teaming up to help 600 buildings in Jakarta switch over to more ozone-friendly air-conditioning systems.

Targeted buildings include hotels, shopping malls, hospitals and government offices, all built before 1985 and all employing centrifugal chillers.

These chillers are used for large buildings in a centralized air-conditioning system. One centrifugal chiller uses about 40 metric tons of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs-12), far higher than the 250 grams usually needed for air conditioners in individual housing.

Ministry head of ozone protection Tri Widayati said Thursday her office would initiate the replacement of the chillers through a scheme to be jointly designed with the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program.

"Hopefully, we can begin replacing the chillers with ones that are only compatible with ozone-friendly products, after completing the financing scheme by the middle of this year."

State-owned Bank Negara Indonesia has agreed to provide soft loans for building operators to replace their chillers. The estimated cost for replacing one centrifugal chiller is about US$150,000.

Erik Pedersen, a World Bank technical adviser on the environment for East Asia and the Pacific, said the bank might subsidize 25 percent of the cost for each chiller replacement.

"We are discussing how to convince owners to replace the chillers because if they replace them, they will save significantly on energy consumption."

He said reducing energy consumption could help ease the impacts of global warming.

"The replacement (of 600 chillers) could save one power plant in Indonesia."

Centrifugal chillers are obsolete in many countries, including Thailand, Mexico and Venezuela, having been phased out as part of the global campaign to reduce the use of ozone-depleting substances.

"China, India and Malaysia are to soon start (phasing out the chillers)," Pedersen said.

He said replacing the chillers was inevitable, with many CFC producers such as Venezuela and Argentina having stopped production.

"China will stop CFC production by July this year," he said.

Indonesia now imports CFCs from India and China.

CFCs, which are also used in refrigerators, foam production, fire extinguishers, aerosols and solvents, are the main destroyers of the ozone layer, which blocks out the sun's deadly ultraviolet rays.

The ministry has estimated that around 4,000 tons of CFCs are illegally traded in Indonesia every year, 10 times the country's annual quota of 400 metric tons.

Indonesia ratified the Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol on Ozone Layer Protection in 1992, obliging it to phase out the use of ozone-depleting substances.

The protocol requires Indonesia to stop importing CFCs by December this year. The ministry recently said Jakarta accounted for 60 percent of all CFCs used in the country.

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