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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Friday, January 3, 2014

Making biomass sources sustainable

Deutsche Welle, 3 January 2014

The industrial sector often uses plant matter as raw material and fuel. But the production process can be disastrous for wildlife and local communities. In Germany, businesses are working for more sustainable practices.

German chemical companies use some three million tons of raw plants in their production processes each year. The demand for raw materials including plant pulp, sugar and oils is expected to grow.

This increasing demand puts serious strain on wildlife as companies destroy natural habitats. There are consequences for people as well - sometimes whole communities are displaced as land is taken away and used for cultivating biomass crops.

One example is palm oil which is used as a cooking oil, a fuel source, a lubricant and in cosmetic products. In many countries in Southeast Asia, palm oil plantations now exist in places where there used to be rainforests and peat bogs. Environmental advocates have been demanding better standards in order to protect biodiversity and people living in regions where biomass is harvested.

Germans develop voluntary criteria

Planting on clear-cut forest land is
banned under the new guidelines
In October of last year INRO, a German organization consisting of industrial companies, associations and interest groups, settled on a new list of criteria for sustainable biomass production. The list covers the mode of land use, as well as planting and harvesting methods for biomass crop. A company must meet all the requirements in order to be considered sustainable biomass.

The standards are based on the 2009 European Union checklist for the requirements of biomass. But supporters of this new agreement say is it more extensive, offering better standards for the entire industrial sector. There are 25 ecological criteria, including a ban on rainforest destruction and drying out of peat bogs, as well as protection for ecologically valuable savannah areas. Under these requirements, soil integrity must also be protected and nitrate leaching is to be avoided.

There are also 19 social criteria points that need to be met, including clean drinking water, proper accommodation and appropriate levels of pay for locals and workers. Child labor is forbidden and producers must prove that they are not involved in corruption. They must also document how they are using each farmed area.

"Setting up these standards is just the first step," says Martina Fleckenstein from the World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF. The challenge now, she says, is to show that these criteria can be put into practice.

Good in principle

Could this be the future? These
 bottles and the soap inside them are
The plan is that from 2014 onwards, lubricants and plastics produced in Germany will be tested and certified under the agreed biomass sustainability checklist. It is hoped that, in turn, this will lead German companies to adopt sustainable production methods and demand that suppliers at home and abroad improve their standards.

"In the end though, each company needs to decide for itself," says Jörg Rothermel from German chemical industry association, VCI. Rothermel doesn't think the new voluntary criteria should become law. "That could actually scare off companies that want to get into using biomass."

The new standards will increase product sale prices, as producers pay higher wages and opt for sustainable land-sourcing. For example, a ton of sustainably-produced palm oil costs some 30 to 40 euros ($40.97 - $54.63) more than non-certified palm oil.

At present, about 13 percent of chemical products in Germany are produced with biomass. Rothermel expects that chemical companies working with tight budgets will continue to opt for raw materials sourced from fossil fuel.

Rothermel added that many chemical products simply cannot be replaced by biomass-based products. If they were, he warns, food production could be compromised.

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