The Environmental A-Z…the letter K…


Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…still an A-Z but with a difference …

The idea for this series came about because 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 J. Not a J insight so onwards to the letter K.

The best way to predict your future is to create it...Abraham Lincoln.

Kelp Forests:

Kelp Forests are underwater ecosystems formed in shallow water by the dense growth of several different species known as kelps. Though they look very much like plants, kelps are actually extremely large brown algae. Some species can reach heights (underwater) of 150 feet (45 m), and under ideal physical conditions, kelp can grow 18 inches (45 cm) in a single day! As a result of this incredible growth, kelp forests can develop very quickly in areas that did not previously exist.

Most importantly a healthy kelp forest provides one of the oceans most diverse ecosystems as you can see from the youtube clip it is a nursery for the young, shelter from predators and storms…which takes us nicely on to the next subject…Keystone Species…

Keystone Species:

A keystone species is an organism that helps define an entire ecosystem. Without its keystone species, the ecosystem would be dramatically different or cease to exist altogether…so very important to the continued health of Mother Earth…

It is important that we realise the effects of our continued actions on Keystone species…Whether directly through hunting and fishing, or indirectly through light and noise pollution, climate change, or deforestation, we change the levels of keystone species everywhere…I can’t stress how very important this is…

It is our actions that can vastly change the whole ethos and we need to be aware of the impact every single thing we do has a knock-on effect it’s like dominos…

Kyoto Protocol:

The Kyoto Protocol is a protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an international environmental treaty with the goal of “stabilisation of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

See you in two weeks for the letter L…next Wednesday it will be Part 9 of the new A-Z on food and terms with the middle letter being J as in Onion Bhajees just writing this made me realise that I hadn’t eaten an Onion Bharjee in a very long time…I now have my gram flour and Onion Barjees it will be… I will share the recipe and I hope it makes up for no Onion ring recipe, Dear Dolly 🙂 x

Thank you for reading it is a pleasure to see you here I hope you come again… Love Carol x

33 thoughts on “The Environmental A-Z…the letter K…

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  2. petespringerauthor

    Interesting stuff. I was familiar with the concept of keystone species, but I hadn’t heard that term before. We have a lot of kelp in our area.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      You are welcome, Marian.. There is so much I don’t know and feel I should or how else can we help and make a difference. Janet told me about plan to rewild Elephants from the UK to Kenya and its was on the news today.. Makes me hopeful x.

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  4. beetleypete

    Kelp is also a valuable food source for humans, and that makes it even more important to keep the ocean clean enough for it to flourish. We might be grateful for it in years to come
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  5. Sharon

    Just started reading the new McConaghy eco novel; Once there were wolves which touches on this very topic and revolves around re-introducing wolves to Scotland. Too easy to forget about just how complex interrelationships are in our world.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Absolutely, Sharon.. It is very impirtant that we recognise and understand this.. I was alerted by Janet about rewilding Elephants I do hope it is successful it was on the news in the UK.. Fascinating but hopeful that it is being attempted.. They reintroduced Wolves to Yellow stone park and that was highly successful and changed the ecosystem there.. x



    On the news this morning a herd of 15 elephants raised in Kent are going to be rewilded to the African continent. Whether this literally gigantic project will succeed I don’t know, but it made for lighter news amongst all the bad news! And if elephants are keystones, all the better…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Wow, thats some undertaking..I do hope its successful as many of the rewilding projects are …Yes we need to be aware as if you watched the video they all play a part… it is fascinating I think..I truly hope it works…Thank you for letting now I will check the news out…I hope you are feeling better , Janet 🙂 x

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        Thanks Carol, I think only an Englishman would be attempting this! We went to that little zoo once on holiday with our first baby, so must be forty years ago, a quirky place in a lovely setting. – obviously a lot has happened there over the years. I shall try and follow that story as it makes a change from all the other news.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I think there is so much we don’t know and I feel we should.. Hopefully these posts will change that for a few of us xx. I hope you have a fun and mroductive week, Michael x

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