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)

Monday, June 25, 2007

Water firms need more raw water

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Water companies have urged the government to help them trap more rainwater to be processed and supplied to the city.

"The availability of raw water has become a big problem for us when it comes to providing clean water for the public," said Marju Kodri, the chairman of Perpamsi, an organization for regional water companies from throughout the country, at a seminar entitled "Where is my clean water?" held here last week.

The water supply in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, is 15,500 cubic meters per person per year, much more than the average water supply in other countries of 8,000 cubic meters.

But many in Indonesia, including Jakarta, face water shortages as natural springs shrink and processed clean water becomes more expensive.

"In Jakarta, around 70 percent of potential raw water from rain flows right into the ocean since all the rivers in the city are shallow and can't hold on to it," Marju said.

He said the city administration had to clean and dredge rivers to allow them to hold more rainwater.

Jakarta has 13 rivers flowing through it, including the Ciliwung, the city's biggest and its main source of water. Most city rivers have become heavily polluted and increasingly shallow, in part because of people building houses on riverbanks and throwing rubbish into the rivers.

Marju said it would be difficult for the city water company to provide enough clean water to the public if the city administration did not clean and dredge the rivers.

He said the country's 300 odd water companies could only provide clean water to around 25 percent of the population.

"It means we need to improve our production (capacity) to be able to reach the Millennium Development Goal of providing clean water to 80 percent of the population by 2015," he said.

Reducing the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water by half is one of the targets in the Millennium Development Goals signed in September 2000 by 192 member states of the United Nations, including Indonesia.

It was difficult to meet the target, Marju said, since 60 percent of the water companies' revenue had to be transferred to local governments. He said it would cost the companies around Rp 43 trillion (US$4.8 billion) to upgrade their capacity.

"That's why the capacity of these water companies tends to be stagnant," he said.

A member of the Supporting Body for the Development of the Water Supply System at the Public Works Ministry, Amry Dharma, said the central government, the city administration, water supply companies and the public had to cooperate to overcome water supply shortages.

"The body will be a mediator for them to achieve their goal," he said, adding that the body would also try to encourage private companies to invest in the water supply business.

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