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, February 4, 2010

Conversions continue despite calls for a halt

Adianto P. Simamora , The Jakarta Post | Thu, 02/04/2010 10:29 AM

At least 10 provinces have submitted proposals for revisions of spatial planning bylaws to convert forests into commercial land despite mounting calls for a moratorium to protect the ailing environment.

Senior officials from the Forestry Ministry pointed out the possibility that local administrations had converted the forests before submitting proposals to revise their spatial planning bylaws.

“An integrated team is currently evaluating proposals of forest conversion before deciding whether to agree with the proposed revision,” Ali Arsyad, secretary at the ministry’s National Planology Agency (Bapelan), told The Jakarta Post.

The final decision over the forest conversion will be made by the House of Representatives based on recommendations from the forestry minister.

He said the ministry had submitted revisions of the spatial planning law in Central Kalimantan and Gorontalo provinces to the House for approval.

Many local administrations rely on businesses such as mining, logging and plantations, which frequently occur in forests, for their local income.

The House has so far approved the revision of spatial planning in Lampung, South Kalimantan and South Sulawesi, he said.

Ali said that one of the main criteria in the assessment was to study what impact such revisions would have on the level of greenhouse gas emissions.

“One thing is for sure, converting virgin forests for commercial use is prohibited,” he said.

The 2007 Spatial Planning Law allows local administrations to make their own spatial planning laws.

Nur Masripatin, an official at the climate change unit at the ministry, said that forest conversion would worsen climate change and threaten Indonesia’s commitment to reducing emissions.

“Any forest conversion will threaten our emission-reduction targets,” she said.

Indonesia, the world’s third-largest forest nation, has promised to cut 393 million tons of emissions released from logged forests and 280 million tons from peatlands by 2020. Both represent about 14 percent of the country’s pledge to reduce emissions by 26 percent.

Indonesia has long been under pressure to protect its forests and stop deforestation, with an estimated 1 million hectares logged each year.

The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has also proposed a moratorium on forest and peatland conversion to deal with climate change.

A 2009 study by Bappenas recommended a moratorium on peatland conversion and land-swap schemes to relocate existing licenses from the peatlands to prevent the expected release of over 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the area.

Indonesia has around 21 million hectares of peatlands, mostly in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

A study by Greenomics Indonesia also found that forest conversion reached an alarming level with more than 10 million hectares of protected forest converted for commercial use.

Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan admitted that many protected forests had been converted forcommercial use.

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