Category Archives: #A-Z of environmental pollution

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…July18th-24th July 2021…#Plastic Free July, Music, Gingerbread Fruit Tree …

Plastic Free July, Be the Change, Music, Environment A-Z, Whitstable Bay Oysters and Gingerbread Fruit Tree.

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…

July…for my English family and readers it is wall to wall sunshine…enjoy while it lasts…tomorrow 25th of July is St. James Day he is the Patron Saint of Pilgrims and St. Christophers Day who is the patron Saint of Travellers also Whitstable Bay Oyster Festival from 27th-30th July…next weeks Saturday Snippets will be on the 31st and then the following day we will be in August…

Whitstable Bay Oysters…Some History…

Whitstable Bay Oysters go back in history to the Romans who it is said absolutely loved this defined the history of the town oysters where nearly the entire population was involved in the oyster business.

The Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company whose company history began when The Company of Free Fishers and Dredgers of Whitstable was formed in 1793, becoming the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company in 1895. This company still owns the beds on which our oysters are now produced. The plaque commemorating the firm’s establishment can be seen on the Royal Native Oyster Stores Building, which now houses the renowned Whitstable Oyster Company Fishery restaurant.

The first post last week was…Plastic Free July 2021…Takeaway Food Containers…

Did you know?

The yearly production of plastic stands at more than 380 million tonnes globally. To put that into perspective, we’re talking about the same weight as 2,700,000 blue whales!

Of that huge amount, only 16% is recycled to make new plastics. Some 40% is sent to landfill, 25% is incinerated, and the other 16% is, to be frank about it, dumped…

Plastic Free July 2021…Takeaway Food Containers…

Chicken Pox and Shingles...As children begin school for the first time or return after the long summer break, there is likely to be an outbreak of one of the common childhood infections including chickenpox.

A very contagious childhood disease that can be dangerous for babies and someone like me…generally at my age it manifests as shingles which I haven’t had but I know first-hand some who have and it is not nice…painful and debilitating…Please head over to Smorgasbord as Sally has some good advice on how we can boost our immune systems..and what common sense actions we can take to avoid getting contaminated.#recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health – Chicken Pox and Shingles- The lurking opportunists by Sally Cronin

Wednesday…I was back on my soapbox again with my A-Z of the Environment…

It was the letter L…Landfill, Latex and Lead…I don’t need to tell you how incensed I was to discover that not only is Lead STILL found in leading baby food brands but also Cadium and Mercury…If you buy baby food or know someone who does please think about those precious little brains as very little lead ingested has a detrimental effect…Please alert them.

The Environmental A-Z…the letter L…

This took me nicely into Thursdays post…How easy it is to make your own baby food at home…no special ingredients required you can even use some of your home-cooked food if it is suitable and puree it for the baby just be aware of salt and sugar levels…

In my Kitchen…Starting at the beginning…Feeding Baby…

Tropical Friday’s…The Gingerbread Fruit Tree…

Yes, there really is a fruit that tastes like Gingerbread…kids love it…it makes a lovely refreshing cold drink and has numerous health benefits…

It is the fruit of the Doum Palm which grows in hot arid climates where not much else grows…

Tropical Friday…The Gingerbread Fruit Tree…Doum Palm …

Saturday Snippets…Potluck…

Potluck…Some of you grew up with potluck parties or family gatherings..others of us if we asked what was for dinner were given the answer Potluck…someone mentioned the dishes could be awesome or best avoided…HOWEVER…I have extended an invitation to one and all to join me once a month for a virtual potluck where you can showcase your blog and a recipe…even if you can only cook one dish you are welcome …send me an acceptance in comments or on my contact me page…They will be themed which included all diets, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and carnivores…something for everyone…I will provide the main course unless anyone else has a dying need to do so in the form of a recipe they love…I am easy and the plus side is there is no washing up and dirty plates…

Saturday Snippets… 24th July 2021…Potluck and an Invitation…

Thank you so much for dropping by I always look forward to your visits and comments…Hope to see you here next week xx

The Environmental A-Z…the letter L…

 

Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…

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 L.

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

Landfill…

noun
  • a place to dispose of refuse and other waste material by burying it and covering it over with soil, especially as a method of filling in or extending usable land.”landfill sites”

A landfill site, also known as a tip, dump, rubbish dump, garbage dump, or dumping ground, is a site for the disposal of waste materials. A landfill is the oldest and most common form of waste disposal, although the systematic burial of the waste with daily, intermediate and final covers only began in the 1940s.

The reality is an unsightly, dangerous mountain of waste…Is this your wake up call…?

If you watch this video you will see some good and much that is horrific and mismanaged…We must ALL seriously think about the rubbish we produce as you can now see what it looks like when multiplied…

I don’t think that is me being overzealous it is me being scared of what the future will bring in terms of diseases and disasters if action is not taken by each and every one of us…we have to be acutely aware of our own waste and how our municipality deals with our waste we cannot be complacent…Be the Change.

Landfill Sealing/capping.

Capping involves placing a cover over contaminated material such as landfill waste or contaminated soil. Such covers are called “caps.” Caps do not destroy or remove contaminants. Instead, they isolate them and keep them in place to avoid the spread of contamination.

Would you want to live in the vicinity of a landfill site? Some don’t have the option…The consequences to their health are enormous …People who live close to municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills could be exposed to air pollutants emitted by the plants (landfill gas containing methane, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and other contaminants including volatile organic compounds, particulate matter and bioaerosols) or to contaminated soil and water.

Water travels you could be closer than you think…

Litter…

Small isn’t it?t that cellophane wrapper from your fag packet or sweets…the chewing gum which you have finished chewing…the lolly stick…crisp packet…the bit of foil from the top of a pack…when waiting outside a shop I have watched people come out of the shop unwrapping as they go and that small piece of whatever just casually dropped…  often it flutters away on the breeze…

I used to make my children go back and pick it up if I saw them doing that and put it in a bin or in the bag I carried for those little bits they soon learnt and it has stayed with them…

For the past 34 years, the No. 1 littered item found during the annual International Coastal Cleanup has been cigarette butts. But the results of the most recent International Coastal Cleanup have finally come in, and for the first time, the No. 1 littered item was something else: plastic food wrappers…my question is just WHY….why do we do it?

Latex...

In recent years, the incidence of occupational asthma in healthcare workers has increased.  One of the leading causes of this increase is worker exposure to latex.

Latex gloves have proved effective in preventing the transmission of many infectious diseases to health care workers. But for some workers, exposure to latex may result in allergic reactions. Reports of such reactions have increased in recent years–especially among health care workers.

Lead…

Lead is a heavy metal used in many materials and products. When absorbed into the body, it is highly toxic to many organs and systems. Lead is a natural element and does not break down in the environment. Once the lead has been dispersed and redeposited in the environment, it will remain to poison generations of children unless it is controlled or removed. Even very limited exposures to lead are hazardous to children.

This again begs the question…WHY?…fOR GOD’ SAKE BABY FOOD IS ONE OF THE EASIEST FOODS TO COOK FROM SCRATCH…you can freeze it…if you don’t have a blender pass it through a sieve…mash it…no excuse …this link and up to date report scares the hell out of me…

Load-on-top (LOT) method…

A process used in ocean-going petroleum tankers to separate and contain most oily residues before ballast waters are discharged to the marine environment.

That’s all for today…See you tomorrow in my kitchen…Have a lovely day xxx

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…July 4th-10th July 2021…#Plastic Free July, Whimsy, Music,#Peanut Butter Fruit…

Plastic Free July, Be the Change, Music, A-Z and Peanut Butter Fruit(#Bunchosia)

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…

July…No month ends on the same day of the week as July unless it is a leap year when January does so. Both Canada and the United States celebrate their Independence Days in July. Seven US presidents have died in July- that’s more than any other month…on a brighter note, the Anglo-Saxons had multiple names for the month of July, including Maed-monath and Hey-monath. Respectively, these translated into “the flowering of meadows” and “hay month.”

It was National Fried Chicken Day in the US last week and who doesn’t love the crunch of fried chicken…

There are numerous recipes for fried chicken around the world and everyone has their favourite…Just for you, here are some of my favourite fried chicken recipes…Enjoy!

National Fried Chicken Day (US) ..Delicious and Crispy.

The A-Z of environmental terms…This week it was the letter K…

 

Just in case you were not aware the environment is very important to me…I want to leave this world happy that I have left it in the best health for my family and my grandchildren I can only do this by being aware of what is going on and how I can make small changes which if everyone did just one thing or make one change think how many changes that would be when multiplied by millions of households around the world..we can do this…We can be the change…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter K…

This month in my Green Kitchen there are recipes for Stuffed Mushrooms and Soda Bread plus articles on conservation, A Bison Bridge, growing your own vegetables in hanging baskets…How to make Apple Cider Vinegar which I can report is going well…it has a lovely golden colour which only lovely ACV has… it’s not long now before I strain the apple peels and then let it brew for another 1-2 weeks…

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – July 2021 – Plastic Free, Buttermilk Bread, Buying Bulk, Stuffed Mushrooms, Grow Your Own, Conservation.

Tropical Friday and it is the beautiful and rare Peanut Butter Fruit…

Grown around the world where there is a tropical climate and no frost it can be found in backyard gardens and speciality fruit farms..commercially it spoils too quickly to transport and must be eaten as soon as it is ripe…

Tropical Friday…#Peanut Butter Fruit…

Saturday Snippets…

As you can see from the header image plastic isn’t always the villain…WE just need to eliminate the bad plastic the unrecyclable plastic,  the single-use plastic from our homes and our lives…Be the Change…

Saturday Snippets…The world of Plastic…

Thank you so much for dropping by I always look forward to your visits and comments…Hope to see you here next week xx

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

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…June 20th-26th June 2021…#Orange, Whimsy, Music, Spicy Jerk Chicken and Injection Wells…

Spicy Jerk Chicken, Everything Orange, Music, A-Z and Garfield…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…

June…the middle of another year…not so many days until we are in July the months seem to be flying by and Covid is still here it seems as if it is here to stay we just need to know how to live with it…maybe we should take heed of the many warning signs we are being given…

In case you missed any posts this week or love to catch up like I do… snuggle down in your quiet place… get comfy in your favourite corner with a drink of tea/coffee or hot chocolate although depending on where in the world you live it could be a glass of wine or two…Cheers!

My week started with “World Rainforest Day” …the “lungs of the world” as Jayawardena of Sustain blog reminded me…Jayawardena’s last post was about a London Football Club…although not a Spurs supporter I applaud the club for getting behind this green campaign…together we can win…

Although as a regular watcher of the Sky News Climate show… it’s well worth watching… I was appalled at the destruction of whole villages In Germany being utterly demolished to mine COAL…The loss of not only homes but wildlife and trees beggers belief….when big companies and governments endorse this …and it’s not stopping at one village …

After watching this I am lost for words…That my friends does not happen often…sigh

World Rainforest Day …22nd June 2021…

As you know I am passionate about the world I live in… I also feel I should do what I can to protect Mother Earth for not only my grandchildren and children but yours… we all have a collective responsibility…

I don’t want to preach and we all have different ideas on how we can make a difference it does depend on individual lifestyles and family commitments HOWEVER sometimes we have to step outside our own comfort zone and ask can I do more…it doesn’t have to be a huge commitment but there are not many including me..who truly cannot do more…

I hope this series covers and reveals some issues of which we may not be aware and maybe should be…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter I…

Our health is important and Bronchitis as I know can be distressing and debilitating for the sufferer and their family.

For anyone who suffers repeatedly from the common cold, bronchitis is always a possibility. There are two types of the disease. Acute bronchitis refers to the here and now and will last up to six weeks whereas chronic bronchitis infers long term symptoms that can last up to two years or longer if the infection is topped up from time to time by colds and flu…Sally’s post is a must-read and a #recommended read…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health – Bronchitis by Sally Cronin

Tropical Friday…

Some of my favourite fruits…

There are of course many more fruits which I like some of which like cherries and blueberries  I cannot get often here which are locally grown and most are imported which is a no-no for me plus they are mighty expensive…Blueberries I can of course get frozen but nothing beats fresh blueberries and they an occasional treat…Generally when Lily is here as it’s her new favourite fruit…

Tropical Friday…My 6 Favourite Fruits…

Saturday Snippets…

I am having fun with my one-word prompts and it’s amazing what you can find…Orange or Oranges was yesterdays theme…Orange is called “Som” in Thai an easy word to remember…

It also induced memories of my kids favourite cat…Garfield…my favourite Orange Cake…Did you know that Orange is also a Belgium Telecom provider?

That ” Elmers” make an ” Orange” glow in the dark glue?

You can also get an ” Orange Zapinator” not being into games it means nothing to me but maybe it does to YOU…

That’s it for today…I know I haven’t been posting my regular posts as much or maybe visiting your posts but my thoughts are elsewhere much of the time…My darling daughter had an MRI scan last Monday where we will know the extent of her cancer and the treatment plan on the 1st July…She is keeping remarkably upbeat more so than me although I don’t let her know that…Thank you to those of you who have held Lauren in their prayers…xx

Thank you so much for dropping by I always look forward to your visits and comments…Hope to see you here next week xx

The Environmental A-Z…the letter I…

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 I.

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

Indigenous species…Plants and animals that are naturally found in an area…
Endemic species are those plants and animals that exist only in one geographical region…No
human interference brought a native species to the area or influenced its spread to that area.
Native species are known as Indigenous species.
Habitat destruction is the biggest cause of species extinction…this reducing biodiversity…
Yesterday was ” World Rainforest Day “…started 5 years ago in 2017 it is extremely important
that we realise and protect our rainforests which are home to many indigenous species of
animals and plants we can blame governments for allowing our rainforests to be decimated
BUT governments are driven by profit and greed who in turn are driven by consumer wants and
needs…BECAUSE if we didn’t want and much of the time we want it…the fact is though DO we
really need it?
The fact of the matter is ….there has to be a market…consumers drive that market…ask the
a person whose business has failed…who bright idea just didn’t sell…THEN ask yourself do you
really need everything that is in your shopping trolley…particularly when you have other
options that are not produced at the cost of your health, your wealth and the health and
the continued survival of those Indigenous Species…
The best way to predict your future is to create it...Abraham Lincoln.
Impervious Surfaces: Are mainly artificial structures that allow little or no water  infiltration
into the ground. Examples are streets, roofs, parking lots, most patios, walkways or anything
like asphalt, concrete, plastics…Urbanisation.
As cities grow and the natural landscape is replaced by roads, buildings etc flooding occurs…

 

Quite simply I know we need homes…but the surrounding area needs to be constructed sympathetically with permeable surfaces and trees…

Injection Well: a device that places fluids deep underground into porous rock formations such as sandstone, limestone, or above the shallow soil layer.

The fluid may be water, wastewater, salt water, or water mixed with chemical waste…

N.B. When I saw saltwater I was perplexed a little but this is not like seawater it has high salt content, hydrocarbons and industrial compounds, in other words, hazardous waste…

As soon as I read this my radar went into overdrive…There have been so many instances where so-called experts and scientists have predicated risk that is low or non-existent…can you tell me how risks associated with injecting hazardous waste into porous rock formations would have a negligible risk…

They don’t…water is being contaminated, ecosystems destroyed, toxic leaks and earthquakes…

There are 680,000 underground waste and injection wells in the US alone, of which 150,000 shoot industrial fluids thousands of feet below the surface of the earth…

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 of what we can change and how… also what affects our health and how…

Just in case you missed World Rainforest Day yesterday…

See you in two weeks for the letter J…next Wednesday it will be Part 9 of the new A-Z on food and terms with the middle letter being I as in Crisp Fried Chips with vinegar…

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