Welcome to my new series…still an A-Z but with a difference …
The idea for this series came about because yes as my regular followers and commenters know I am passionate about the health of the world I am living in… however often when I am researching and reading articles I come across terms and have to look them up which spawned the idea for this…two-fold… it increases my knowledge and I hope yours…
The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change… letter F.
The best way to predict your future is to create it...Abraham Lincoln.
Flora and Fauna…You may have heard the terms flora and fauna before, but what do they actually mean? Flora and fauna refer to plants and animals in the broadest sense of the words, encompassing pretty much all life on Earth. As you might imagine, these are very broad categories and in general scientists break down the different types of flora and fauna into different classifications, ranging from a specific type of life down to an individual species.
To remember them, fauna sounds similar to fawn, indicating it refers to animals, whereas flora sounds like flowers, indicating it refers to plants.
An umbrella term that refers to many different types of life. What is counted as flora and fauna is dependant upon the specific region, climate, or time period.
Fossil Fuels…Coal, crude oil, and natural gas are all considered fossil fuels because they were formed from the fossilized, buried remains of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago. Because of their origins, fossil fuels have a high carbon content.
Burning fossil fuels generates most of the energy required to propel our cars, power our businesses, and keep the lights on in our homes. Even today, oil, coal, and gas provide for about 80 per cent of our energy needs.
But at what cost?
Air and water pollution…Global Warming we cannot continue to burn the world’s resources and not pay the cost…
Renewable energy is the way forward and we ignore that at our peril…it cannot continue as the world we know will not exist for our children and grandchildren should they pay the cost for our negligence?
Fuel Poverty…A household is said to be in fuel poverty when its members cannot afford to keep adequately warm at a reasonable cost, given their income.
The key factors that can contribute to fuel poverty are:
- The energy efficiency of the property (and therefore, the energy required to heat and power the home)
- The cost of energy
- Household income.
According to the World Health Organization, over three billion people worldwide are at these lower rungs, depending on biomass fuels—crop waste, dung, wood, leaves, etc.—and coal to meet their energy needs.
Stop Press:…I’m joining dots..I can’t help it…BUT the above leads to the other …
Fuel poverty and starvation generally go hand in hand…the more I research the more I realise I am fortunate BUT so many people around the world are NOT…That scares me because if you look at past figures it is getting worse, not better and maybe now you realise why FOOD WASTE exasperates me…
I am guessing that if I did a comparison between food waste and the percentage of the world who are starving it would be mind-blowing… Ahhh…It is
Although I understand some of the changes HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD and to an extent know what we can do to slow it down, however, I also know that the earth has gone through changes over the centuries so how much can we manipulate and stop what is happening and how much is just a fact of life ???
That’s all for today…I hope I have explained it in layman terms and made some things clearer as I believe we should all have a clearer picture in our minds as to what we can change and how…And also what affects our health and how…
See you in two weeks for the letter G…next Wednesday it will be Part 5 of the new A-Z on food and terms with the middle letter being F as in Cauliflower.
Thank you for reading it is a pleasure to see you here I hope you come again… Love Carol x x