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)

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Austrian firms may set up biodiesel businesses here

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

At least three Austrian companies are investigating the possibility of becoming involved in the "green energy" business here to help boost the development of biodiesel.

"Energea, BioDiesel International and the Christof Group are discussing the biodiesel business with a number of leading Indonesian agribusiness companies," Austrian Commercial Counsellor Raymund Gradt told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

"The three Austrian companies could provide the technology to build biodiesel refineries jointly with local firms," he said.

He declined, however, to name their Indonesian counterparts as the two sides had been in discussions for more than a year, but had yet to reach finalize any deals.

The three Austrian companies are leading technology solution providers for biodiesel production and currently produce a total of 440,000 tons of biodiesel per annum, more than half of their country's annual demand of around 700,000-800,000 tons.

They are on a mission to leverage biodiesel production in connection with the European Union's program of increasing the contribution of green energy -- biodiesel and biofuel -- from 3.4 percent this year to 20 percent in 2020.

Austria, whose green-energy share already stands at 21 percent, wants to double this to 40 percent by then.

"Certain Austrian companies are also interested in acquiring biodiesel from Indonesia and are looking into the possibility of using jatropha as a raw material. This is because it's cheaper than palm oil, and can be used both in winter and summer," Gradt said, will refraining from naming the companies.

Austrian companies were also sounding out the possibility of building biodiesel refineries in other countries besides Indonesia, and also acquiring jatropha from them. Malaysia, India and Egypt were potential candidates in this regard.

The Austrian government would also hold symposiums on biodiesel and renewable energy in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia on Nov. 26-27, Nov. 28 and Nov. 29, respectively, so as to clinch partnerships in the green sector.

Gradt said that between five and eight Austrian companies, and a number of research institutes, such as the Biodiesel Institute and the Austrian Energy Agency, and universities, as well as Indonesian businesses, research institutes and universities, were expected to attend the Indonesian symposium.

Currently, a number of foreign companies have already committed to establishing bioenergy businesses here.

China's biggest energy firm, CNOOC, signed an agreement early this year to team up with Indonesia's Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology, and Hong Kong Energy, to develop 1 million hectares of plantations and refineries worth US$5.5 billion in Papua and Kalimantan.

Malaysia-based Genting Biofuels Asia has also pledged to invest $3 billion in green energy, and a joint Indonesian-Malaysian venture $1 billion.

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