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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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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Canadian forester says trees can heal the planet

Deutsche Welle, 2 April 2014

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is passionate about protecting trees - and growing them. The botanist has nurtured her own research forest in Canada, and believes trees remain the key to combating climate change.

There's a blanket of fresh snow on the ground on a gloriously sunny, although below-freezing, day at 's rural retreat just outside of Ottawa. The research scientist enthusiastically starts her tour of the forested property.

For Beresford-Kroeger, this no ordinary forest - it's more of a tree laboratory, a life's work. She has spent years planting hundreds of trees here, nurturing virtually all of her charges from seed.

Beresford-Kroeger first fell in love with trees as a student of botany in her native Ireland. But it wasn't until after she'd emigrated to Canada that she came up with the idea of growing her own forest as a "research garden."

Welcome to the botanist's laboratory
She says that in Canada, "nobody was planting all these rare, wonderful, fabulous trees." We crunch through fresh snow as the tour continues.

For her, these majestic giants are complicated beings that don't get the respect they deserve: "The tree has a genome which is much more complex than ours - the tree is a factory for the manufacture of food which feeds us and all of nature."

Noah's ark

Preserving biodiversity and tending endangered species are essential to Beresford-Kroeger's mission. She has traveled the globe accumulating different plant varieties to add to her extensive nursery. She thinks the crucial role trees play in the planet's well-being is underestimated.

"One species of tree is responsible for 40 types of insects," Beresford-Kroeger points out.

Beresford-Kroeger emphasizes the
many healing properties of trees
And there are also benefits for humans, she explains as she walks, pointing out plant species that she says can be used to treat Parkinson's disease and cancer. We come to a 6-meter-tall (20-foot-tall) cucumber tree, which was traditionally used to treat malaria.

"It's absolutely glorious - it has a quinine compound used against malaria," she says. But there are only one or two of those trees left in Canada, she continues.

Forests to fight climate change

Beresford-Kroeger also considers trees to be among the most important factors in combating climate change.

John Stone, a leading writer with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, points out that many other factors come into play. The burning of fossil fuels to produce energy, he says, represents the bigger part of the problem.

"Clearly we can't carry on at the present rate, because temperatures will rise," he says. "We are going to have to wean ourselves off our addiction to fossil fuels. We are going to have to go to renewable energy," Stone says in response to the problem of climate change.

Trees have been cleared to make way for oil extraction in Canada

Beresford-Kroeger sees the ancient boreal forest as playing a particularly important role in climate. Known in Russian as taiga, the boreal forest rings the northern part of the globe from Canada and Alaska through Russia and into Scandinavia. The pines, spruces, birches and larches of the boreal forest make up 29 percent of the world's forest cover, and represent the Earth's largest terrestrial biome.

Beresford-Kroeger has made it part of her mission to call for special designation of boreal forest by the United Nations heritage body, UNESCO.

"That forest is the last great forest left on the planet," Beresford-Kroeger says. "It is the forest that maintains the greatest amount of oxygenation and water vapor on the planet. That forest manages the great ocean currents. Those forests actually rule the weather patterns."

Threatened by tar sands

But some areas of expansive boreal forest are being cut down. Swathes of Siberia's trees have been cleared for lumber, and currently Canadian forests are being leveled to make way for tar sands or oil development. In Canada, only 8 percent of the boreal forest is protected.

Self-professed tree hugger Beresford-
Kroeger thinks trees can solve climate
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has argued that tar sands development will help fulfill the demand for fuel, provide energy security and create jobs.

But Beresford-Kroeger notes that ancient forests have evolved over hundreds of years, and are impossible to replace. The massive acreage involved in tar sands development should not be underestimated, she adds. Such land amounts to "three times the size of Ireland."

Beresford-Kroeger remains convinced that protecting and expanding forests is the answer to tackling climate change. "Have a moratorium on [cutting down] the boreal forest," she says. "Expand the forests that are here. We need to recoup this country."

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