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.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Germans help preserve beauty of Ha Long Bay

Deutsche Welle, 13 February 2013

Vietnam's Ha Long Bay is known for its breathtaking beauty. Environmental awareness campaigns and a German project are helping to preserve that beauty from the pollution of tourism and mining.

The unique landscape of northern Vietnam's Ha Long Bay was formed 500 million years ago. In 1994, the area was dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But the environmental conditions along the Vietnamese coast, east of Hanoi, have changed dramatically in the past 20 years: "The area is suffering from increasing pollution due to industrial and urban development, coal mining, and tourism," according to the Vancouver-based environmental consultancy company ESSA Technologies.

Together with the World Bank, ESSA conducted an investigation for the government of the province Quang Ninh, which led them to Ha Long Bay.

The world heritage site is under a number of threats. For one, the region is a tourist magnet. Hundreds of thousands of people travel there each year and leave behind their garbage which ends up in the bay even years later. To add to that, an increasing number of Vietnamese people are moving to the region, attracted by money-making opportunities in tourism or mining.

Uninhibited industrial growth creates
great challenges for the environment
Vietnam's and China's growing hunger for energy mean that the region's mining industry is booming. The provincial city Cam Pha has been covered in coal dust ever since the boom started. The dust is so thick that it blankets streets and houses and ends up in food.

High price for coal

Contaminated water from the mines is a major problem for Ha Long Bay and the region's rivers. Unfiltered water is dumped into the rivers and ends up in the bay. It contains high amounts of iron, coal, manganese and other particles, which are all deposited in the soil and acidify the water.

"Life cannot develop in acidic water. Now only reeds with deep roots can grow on the banks. The soil can no longer support any other plant or animal life," Norbert Illing of the German mining management company LMBV told DW.

But with help from Germany, the first steps have now been taken to counter the destruction of the environment. With financial support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Vietnamese mining company Vinacomin commissioned the LMBV to construct a water treatment plant along the Vang Dang River. In December, 2012, the plant went into operation.


The project has shown that people in Vietnam are no longer willing to pay any price for economic growth.

"The people and representatives of the municipalities are now becoming active and having a large influence on the environment. They demand the companies act in an environmentally-friendly manner," according to Illing, who was in Vietnam for a number of months for the project. He said China was a good example of how far uninhibited industrialization and neglect of nature could go.

Quyen Vu, founder of Vietnam's first independent environmental organization "Education for Nature Vietnam" (ENV), is of the same opinion. In the 1990s, Ms. Vu started campaigning for environmental and animal protection. ENV sponsored radio ads, delivered lectures in schools and universities and distributed brochures.

 Fish cannot live in acidic water
"In the past 10 years, I have witnessed great progress in the way Vietnamese people think about the environment," Vu told DW. "Young people are much more aware of environmental problems. A positive trend can even be seen in the government. But there is still a lot to do."

Despite the new environmental awareness, "one has to be very patient to realize such projects," according to Illing. He said that while there were laws pertaining to the protection of the environment, they were only rarely followed. In newly industrializing countries such as Vietnam, environmental protection often clashes with economic interests.

Helping people help themselves

All of Vu's efforts revolve around creating awareness among the people so that they can become active. "The most important thing is teaching people to help themselves. That way, people in Vietnam can protect their environment themselves."

From the very beginning of the project, Illinig and the LMBV have placed emphasis on integrating Vietnamese people into the project. "The planning was done in part in cooperation with Vietnamese engineers." And he is optimistic that the benefits from the project will continue to be felt for a while yet: "The new generation already has a new set of standards when it comes to the environment. That will surely have a positive impact on the improvement of environmental and also living standards."

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