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, June 5, 2010

RI`s emission cutting program not to affect timber estates

Antara News, Andi Abdussalam, Saturday, June 5, 2010 00:14 WIB

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Forest concession holders (HPH) and timber estate businesses (HTI) should not worry about the government`s commitment to halt deforestation and reduce emissions made in a Letter of Intent (LoI) signed with Norway recently.

Based on the agreement, the governments of the two countries agreed that Indonesia would stop deforestation through the imposition of a moratorium on the conversion of peat land and natural forests.

According to Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan, the agreement between Indonesia and Norway on emission reduction would not affect industrial timber estate (HTI) and forest concession (HPH) development programs.

"The LoI only calls for a moratorium on forest conversion for plantations or non-forestry activities on peat land throughout Indonesia. HTI and HPH programs can continue," the minister said on the sidelines of the popularization of LoI to forestry businesses here on Friday.

What the ministry of forestry would be doing was to put in order forest concessions already covered by permits. So, the forestry development programs already approved by the government would go on.

The forestry development programs are among others the annual Societal Forest Development (KHm) and Village Forest Development covering 500,000 hectares, Forest and Land Rehabilitation (RHL) in river basin areas (DAS) covering 300,000 hectares, HTI and Small-holders Timber Estate (HTR) covering 540,000 hectares, HPH Restoration (300,000 hectares) and Partnership Forest Development program.

He said that the development of HTI and HPH would not be affected by activities the forestry ministry would carry out based on the LoI.

The minister said that the government had set its forestry development priorities as stipulated in its Medium-Term Development program (RPJM). The RPJM would serve as the basis for the actions to be taken to follow up the LoI.

"Our efforts to manage our forests are linked to climate change, among others with regard to the Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation - Plus (REDD-Plus) scheme. So, I will stress here once again that the LoI will not pressure us because it is in line with the RPJM plan," the minister added.

It was mentioned in the LoI that the moratorium would start in January 2011 and last two years on all peat land and natural forest conversions. "During the period there will be no licenses for conversions or any licenses for opening of peat land and natural forests," Zulkfli Hasan said.

The governments of Indonesia and Norway signed in Oslo last month a Letter of Intent (LoI) on forest conservation worth US$1 billion as part of their joint commitment to overcoming climate change.

The letter was signed by Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa and Norwegian Minister of Environmental and International Development Erik Solheim at the guest house of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. The LoI is part of the REDD-Plus scheme in which Norway will provide up to US$1 billion in grants to Indonesia to protect its forests.

Based on the LoI, the Norwegian government will provide the US$1 billion if the Indonesian government is able to fulfill the three stage requirement as contained in the LoI.

The first stage is capacity building which among others is carried out through the formation of a body with the authority to implement the program. The second stage is the implementation of a pilot project. The two governments will agree on a certain location for the pioneer project in Indonesia.

The third stage is the implementation of the scheme comprehensively on the national scale. During this stage payments will be made based on the performance. The funds will be provided if Indonesia is able to prove its success in preventing deforestation and forest degradation.

With the agreement, Indonesia now has a chance to gain US$123.75 million from its efforts to preserve its forests and reduce gas emission from deforestation next year, a senior official said.

Director General for Forest Production Development Hadi Daryanto said here on Friday the funds constituted payment for Indonesia`s efforts to reduce its gas emission (C02e) by 123.75 million tons.

He said the US$123.75 million could be claimed from Norway based on the Letter of Intent (LoI) signed by the two countries recently.

"We have calculated that we will be able to reduce our gas emission by 123.75 million tons next year. If the price of CO2e is US$1 per ton, we can claim US$123.75 million. If in 2013, the price of the gas emission increases, we will get more," he said.

He said that of the country`s 130 million hectares of forest, about 1,175 millions hectares were deforested every year. Thus, the country`s average deforestation pace is 1.175 million hectares per annum.

According to the forestry official, Indonesia next year is expected to reduce the pace of its deforestation by 225,000 hectares to about 950,000 hectares only.

The volume of biomass carbon of non-peat land forest is about 550 tons per hectare. So, with its success to stop the pace of its deforestation (by 225,000 ha x 550 tons CO2e), Indonesia will get a payment of US$123.75 million.

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