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.

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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
Google: Earthday 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Local companies urge customers to `go green'

Kenny Santana, Contributor The Jakata Post, Bali, Jakarta

It doesn't take an Al Gore to save the world: With some local companies "going green", customers can now easily pick the right books, paper or hotel to contribute to the global effort.

Starting in April last year, Aksara bookstore began their No Plastic Bag campaign, under which they are asking customers to say "no" to plastic bags when buying books. Instead, the bookstore encourages them to use a customized tote bag made from 100 percent recycled cotton, sold at the store for a mere Rp 15,000.

POSTER EFFECT: A poster posted on (ak'.sa.ra) bookstore's
entrance in Kemang, South Jakarta asked shoppers to bring
their own bag in a movement to save the environment.
(JP/Prodita Sabarini)

"What Aksara is trying to do is simply help get the same message across to Jakarta's urbanites. We try to socialize to our customers that no matter how simple our actions, they will help minimize depletion of the ozone (layer)," said Aksara retail operations manager Aditya Ardhana.

"Hopefully, when they get the message, they wouldn't mind paying small money for our tote bags, which will help reduce the use of plastic bags in Jakarta."

He added that the bookstore also encourages customers to recycle plastic bag by bringing their own from home under the BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) program.

"The less plastic waste, the better," Aditya said.

Aksara's green campaign, of course, can only work with the participation of its customers.

"It's safe to say that our customers have responded positively so far," said Aditya. "Although it isn't reflected in our tote bag sale yet, but verbally they have shown support. So far, 70 percent of our customers still prefer plastic bags... However, we believe bringing the message across is an ongoing process."

In addition to the No Plastic Bag campaign, Aksara has implemented other customer programs dedicated to the environment. They are currently in the process of replacing plastic bags with more affordable and environmentally friendly bags.

Meanwhile, the bookstore is partnering with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) by hosting WWF events; in return, the WWF will provide simple green tips to share with Aksara's customers.

Shoppers also will find more environmentally friendly products in the store, including the Cyclus 100 percent recycled paper from Equinox Paper. Customers can buy the paper through Aksara while corporations can order in bulk via the company's official website at

Mark Hanusz, the man behind the initiative who also runs Equinox Publishing, recalls how this green program began: "When we (Equinox Publishing) placed our first big order with the mill, we only used 30 feet of a 40-foot container. The mill told us it wasn't very efficient to do this, so they offered us an introductory price on reams of A4-sized photocopy paper.

"I spoke with a couple of business contacts to check to see if they would be interested, and was surprised to learn there was a demand for recycled photocopy paper -- even if it is more expensive."

In fact, it turns out the cost issue is the biggest challenge for Equinox to market the paper widely in the country.

"Generally speaking, there is more interest from multinational companies and hotels than local ones. I think the reason for that is that the multinationals get pressure from their head office to embrace recycled paper alternatives if available, whereas local companies only have pressure from within," said Hanusz.

"I can't really blame them, though -- if you are only focused on cost and not on the benefit, there is no reason to use recycled 'anything'."

Hanusz's own publishing division, among other companies, is already listed as a user of recycled paper.

"We started using 100 percent recycled paper for all titles printed after August 1, 2007. I am optimistic that by using this paper -- and not raising my prices -- will pay off in the long run," he said.

With Equinox Publishing's green initiative, bookworms can still read the same great titles at the same cost -- and not hear the crash of trees being felled for the paper.

Participating in the global greening movement can also be done while on holiday. Choosing a hotel with a Green Globe certification is one solution. Green Globe members are those companies in the travel industry that continually challenge themselves to improve their environmental performance.

One recently certified hotel is the Conrad Bali Resort & Spa in Tanjung Benoa. The hotel is making its green effort by taking small steps on a daily basis.

Using recycled paper for printing, providing jams and marmalades for breakfast in small, reusable containers and using natural pesticides and insecticides for grounds upkeep are some of these steps. The hotel also uses 100 percent grey water for watering their gardens, and implements water preservation programs, energy-efficient equipment and online eco-learning programs for staff.

The Conrad Bali is not only implementing internal programs, but is also encouraging its guests to take part. Besides the usual "use the towel wisely", "don't leave the tap running" and "turn off the light when not in use" messages, the hotel also offers its guests regular greening programs such as its Clean Up the World Day and the Turtle Adoption Program.

In September 2007, the hotel started activities at the local level to address climate change as part of its Clean Up the World program. Energy conservation education, tree planting and waste reduction programs that involve hotel guests are a few projects the Conrad has organized.

The resort is also famous for its turtle conservation programs.

The Conrad's Turtle Adoption Program supports the conservation of local sea turtles, and involves their rehabilitation and release back into the sea. With the growing threats to this endangered species, the Conrad Bali Resort & Spa encourages guests to make a donation to the program and to personally release a turtle into the ocean. Younger guests are also invited to see the turtles being fed each day in the hotel's Turtle Pond.

Being green also has turned out to be good for business.

The Conrad's public relations director, Ruth Zukerman, said that since its certification, ecologically minded customers have shown more interest in staying there.

"Recently, we received several bookings specifically stating their reason for choosing Conrad Bali was due to our Green Globe 21 program," she said. And on an independent travel website, one Conrad Bali guest from London praised the hotel's turtle program.

In giving back to nature, it seems green companies are finding out that customers will eventually give back.

In the end, such green initiatives can create a win-win situation for both companies and customers -- but beyond all that, for our Earth.

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How To Reduce Your Heating Bills This Winter / Energy Conservation Begins at Home

Imagine leaving a window open all winter long -- the heat loss, cold drafts and wasted energy! If your home has a folding attic stair, a whole house fan or AC Return, a fireplace or a clothes dryer, that may be just what is occurring in your home every day.

These often overlooked sources of heat loss and air leakage can cause heat to pour out and the cold outside air to rush in -- costing you higher heating bills.

Air leaks are the largest source of heating and cooling loss in the home. Air leaks occur through the small cracks around doors, windows, pipes, etc. Most homeowners are well aware of the benefits caulk and weatherstripping provide to minimize heat loss and cold drafts.

But what can you do about the four largest “holes” in your home -- the folding attic stair, the whole house fan or AC return, the fireplace, and the clothes dryer? Here are some tips and techniques that can easily, quickly and inexpensively seal and insulate these holes.

Attic Stairs

When attic stairs are installed, a large hole (approximately 10 square feet) is created in your ceiling. The ceiling and insulation that were there have to be removed, leaving only a thin, unsealed, sheet of plywood.

Your attic space is ventilated directly to the outdoors. In the winter, the attic space can be very cold, and in the summer it can be very hot. And what is separating your conditioned house from your unconditioned attic? That thin sheet of plywood.

Often a gap can be observed around the perimeter of the door. Try this yourself: at night, turn on the attic light and shut the attic stairway door -- do you see any light coming through? These are gaps add up to a large opening where your heated/cooled air leaks out 24 hours a day. This is like leaving a window open all year round.

An easy, low-cost solution to this problem is to add an attic stair cover. An attic stair cover provides an air seal, reducing the air leaks. Add the desired amount of insulation over the cover to restore the insulation removed from the ceiling.

Whole House Fans and AC Returns

Much like attic stairs above, when whole house fans are installed, a large hole (up to 16 square feet or larger) is created in your ceiling. The ceiling and insulation that were there have to be removed, leaving only leaky ceiling shutter between the house and the outdoors.

An easy, low-cost solution to this problem is to add a whole house fan cover. Installed from the attic side, the whole house fan cover is invisible. Cover the fan to reduce heating and air-conditioning loss, remove it when use of the fan is desired.

If attic access is inconvenient, or for AC returns, a ceiling shutter cover is another option for reducing heat loss through the ceiling shutter and AC return. Made from R-8, textured, thin, white flexible insulation, and installed from the house side over the ceiling shutter with Velcro, a whole house fan shutter cover is easily installed and removed.


Sixty-five percent, or approximately 100 million homes, in North America are constructed with wood or gas burning fireplaces. Unfortunately there are negative side effects that the fireplace brings to a home especially during the winter home-heating season. Fireplaces are energy losers.

Researchers have studied this to determine the amount of heat loss through a fireplace, and the results are amazing. One research study showed that an open damper on an unused fireplace in a well-insulated house can raise overall heating-energy consumption by 30 percent.

A recent study showed that for many consumers, their heating bills may be more than $500 higher per winter due to the air leakage and wasted energy caused by fireplaces.

Why does a home with a fireplace have higher heating bills? Hot air rises. Your heated air leaks out any exit it can find, and when warm heated air is drawn out of your home, cold outside air is drawn in to make up for it. The fireplace is like a giant straw sucking the heated air from your house.

An easy, low-cost solution to this problem is to add a fireplace draftstopper. Available from Battic Door, a company known for their energy conservation products, a fireplace draftstopper is an inflatable pillow that seals the damper, eliminating any air leaks. The pillow is removed whenever the fireplace is used, then reinserted after.

Clothes Dryer Exhaust Ducts

In many homes, the room with the clothes dryer is the coldest room in the house. Your clothes dryer is connected to an exhaust duct that is open to the outdoors. In the winter, cold air leaks in through the duct, through your dryer and into your house.

Dryer vents use a sheet-metal flapper to try to reduce this air leakage. This is very primitive technology that does not provide a positive seal to stop the air leakage. Compounding the problem is that over time, lint clogs the flapper valve causing it to stay open.

An easy, low-cost solution to this problem is to add a dryer vent seal. This will reduce unwanted air infiltration, and keep out pests, bees and rodents as well. The vent will remain closed unless the dryer is in use. When the dryer is in use, a floating shuttle rises to allow warm air, lint and moisture to escape.

If your home has a folding attic stair, a whole house fan, an AC return, a fireplace, and/or a clothes dryer, you can easily, quickly and inexpensively seal and insulate these holes.

Mark D. Tyrol is a Professional Engineer specializing in cause and origin of construction defects. He developed several residential energy conservation products including an attic stair cover, an attic access door, and is the U.S. distributor of the fireplace draftstopper. To learn more visit