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)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Climate Conference a Winner for Indonesia: Official

The Jakarta Globe, Fidelis E Satriastanti & Ulma Haryanto

While last week’s Copenhagen climate talks may have been considered as a lost opportunity to reach a binding agreement to slow down global warming, Indonesia stands to gain more than it bargained for, Rachmat Witoelar, executive chair of the National Council on Climate Change, said on Wednesday.

“[The conference] was not a failure and Indonesia was satisfied with the accord because it reflected our five major demands, as delivered officially by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono,” Rachmat said. He was referring to the president’s speech at the convention in which he demanded a strong commitment to reduce emissions, significant funding from developed countries and the continuation of the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) scheme.

Rachmat said there was still time for the accord to be transformed into a legally binding agreement at next year’s climate talks, which are expected to be held in Mexico.

“The agreement, however, is morally binding and Indonesia still has the chance to play a more significant role with our middle-ground solutions,” he said.

Around 190 countries gathered in Copenhagen from Dec. 7 to 18 to engage in crucial climate talks that were supposed reach a new emissions reduction agreement from developed countries to replace cuts agreed to in the Kyoto Protocol, which is due to expire in 2012.

However, the meeting was deemed a failure by environmentalists because its outcome, the Copenhagen Accord, was not a binding document ratified by all parties. The 12-paragraph document, instead, only tells world leaders to “take note” that the world’s temperature should be kept from rising two degrees Celsius, to commit to funding vulnerable countries — up to $30 billion from 2010 to 2012 and up to $100 billion a year by 2020 — and to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, known as REDD-Plus.

Rachmat said Indonesia was fortunate to have been able to hold several bilateral meetings with developed countries, including Norway, Britain, the United States, Germany, Australia, the Netherlands and Italy.

Norway committed to interim funding for REDD, which would be implemented as soon as possible. Britain and the United States also pledged funding to assist Indonesia in reducing emissions from the forestry sector.

The United States has said it would mobilize $3.5 billion for 2010 and 2011, which would be disbursed to three forested countries, representing three continents. Britain has raised $25 billion in funding from developed nations to reduce deforestation by 25 percent by 2015.

Raja Siregar, of Oxfam GB, said it looked like Indonesia would not get much in adaptation funding, but could receive funding for mitigation in the forestry sector.

“However, because it was not a legally binding [agreement], then it will be different from the previous assumption that we would get funding just by keeping our forests intact in order not to emit more carbon,” Raja said. “It seems now that we will have to first compete to get mitigation funding and then make a commitment on how much forest we can preserve using that funding.”

Raja said Indonesia had made a political pledge to reduce its emissions by 26 percent, most of which would come from the forestry sector. “At the moment, however, it is not clear how much funding we will get,” Raja said.

“[The funding] could be enough or not. REDD, as a [carbon trading] market, is also based on getting incentive [funding] to match the [cost] of preserving forests. But now those conditions don’t apply,” he said, adding that the funding was still well short of Oxfam’s prediction of $50 billion to $70 billion per year for adaptation alone.

“Competition between vulnerable countries to get a share of the funding will be strong,” he added.

A much stronger reaction to Yudhoyono’s Copenhagen speech came from Greenomics Indonesia, which said it was in stark contrast to the country’s forestry land use plans.

“Some 18 million hectares of forests have been earmarked for [commercial] use,” said Elfian Effendi, the executive director of Greenomics Indonesia.

“If the plan [to convert these areas] goes ahead, then the 26 percent emission reductions promise is just rhetoric … because one of the biggest emissions culprits is converting forest into non-forest areas,” Elfian said.

Rachmat, however, said the “One Man One Tree” national replanting program could be beneficial if the government could inspire enough people to get behind the project.

“[The government] plans to plant four billion trees over five years,” Rachmat said. “There were discussions about disbursing $100 billion for this effort. But this was only going to happen if there was a binding agreement in Copenhagen. When that’s affirmed, the funds will be disbursed.”

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