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)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Illegal logging ‘must end’ before REDD takes effect

Adianto P. Simamora , The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 04/10/2010 9:33 AM

The government should work out how to stamp out long-standing illegal logging within two years if the country wants to secure funding from carbon trading in the forestry sector, say environment activists.

They warned that failure to tackle illegal logging would also jeopardize the government’s pledge to implement the UN system of measurable, reportable and verifiable (MRV) scheme on emissions cuts.

“It will be difficult for Indonesia to claim the emission cuts if illegal logging persists after REDD takes effect after 2012,” Jatna Supriatna, director of International Conservation told reporters on the sidelines of an international conference on Muslim action against climate change on Friday.

The reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradations (REDD) schemes are expected to be an alternative to emission cuts from forestry, which contributes about 20 percent of global emissions.

Under the program, countries that protect their forests can receive financial incentives through carbon trading with rich nations.

Indonesia, the world’s third largest forested nation with 120 million hectares of forest, is a supporter of the REDD schemes, which are expected take effect after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2013.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made a promise to implement the MRV system during last year’s Copenhagen climate talks to ensure international communities that all emission cuts in Indonesia would be verifiable.

The government is currently debating how to implement MRV amid poor forestry data.

On Wednesday, the President ordered his taskforce to probe illegal logging and forestry corruption before a visit to Vietnam for an ASEAN summit to discuss climate change.

Jatna, who is also a lecturer at the University of Indonesia, welcomed Yudhoyono’s gesture but also warned the President against treating the issue as lip service for a political agenda. “The most important thing now is how to stop illegal logging within two years,” he said.

Executive director of the Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi) Berry Furqon agreed that tackling illegal logging should aim to protect the forest and not be used for political gain.

“We still doubt the effectiveness of action against illegal logging as long as the current gap between timber demands and production levels remains unresolved,” he said.

Indonesia has so far received funding from Australia and Norway to prepare for REDD in the field.

Indonesia secured an US$80 million grant from the Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) last month to be used to mitigate emissions from the forestry sector.

“The money will be used to ready the implementation of REDD schemes,” Ismet Hadad, chairman of the working group on financing at the National Council on Climate Change (DNPI) said.

A list of five countries eligible to receive the grants, which included Indonesia, was announced at an MDB meeting in the Philippines.

Some 48 countries, including Brazil and Papua New Guinea, applied for the funds. Indonesia was the largest forest nation to win the funds.

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