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

Five-color rating confuses industry

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Industrialists complained Monday the environmental protection status color coding imposed by the government for more than a decade has failed to take into consideration the variety and complexity of the nation's industrial sectors.

Agustanzil Syahroezah from the Indonesian Petroleum Association demanded the government color rating be adjusted to encompass the differences for heavy industries including mining, oil, pulp and paper processing.

The Ministry of Environment introduced a color code in 1995 to define company compliance for waste processing and other environmental standards.

There are five color classifications: gold, green, blue, red and black.

Gold is the highest compliance rating and black is the lowest.

Companies grouped in the black category are considered to have made no effort to process their waste.

Those classified as red have taken some action but have failed to fulfill even the basic standards.

"The public only sees that a company gets a red code," Agustanzil said during a ministry-sponsored seminar on the application of the environmental color code.

"However, that doesn't mean that the company has not attempted to process the waste.

"The waste procedures will vary from one company to another even in the mining sector alone, because what they dig up also varies."

Agustanzil said it was difficult for upstream mining companies to achieve the green code certification because they dealt directly with potentially toxic materials from the earth.

"For example, we have a regulation on water quality standards that is valid for all kinds of industries," he said.

"But 90 percent of the liquid waste produced by most of the oil sector contains pollutants, whereas the geothermal industry doesn't generate such pollutants.

"The general nature of the criteria for the coding (results in) financial losses (for us), because each industry faces different challenges in waste processing."

He said the government had to address the problem of excess environmental standard compliance costs in the mining sector with what is called "cost recovery in cooperation contracts".

These contracts would see the government bear some of the waste processing cost.

Agustanzil said this was not cost efficient and that a better way of dealing with the problem would be to revise the color code rating to accommodate the differences in the various industrial sectors.

Deputy for management of hazardous substances and waste for the environment ministry Muhammad Gempur Adnan his office had been thinking about revising the color scheme rating.

"We realize that there are different standards for each industry and we are thinking about standardizing the ratings on an equal footing from sector to sector," said Gempur.

"This year we are composing a new environmental compliance color code and in the interim we will no longer publicly announce the color code status of the companies.

"We will instead present the companies with detailed annual progress reports on their waste procedure compliance," he said.

The Environment Ministry, which is open to input on the code from the various industrial sectors, also coordinates with other institutions to formulate punitive measures for companies that fail to comply to the set standards.

He cited as an example the involvement of banks, which would use the environmental compliance test results as a basis for the provision of credit.

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