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The Environmental A-Z…the letter R…#Radon and Renewable Resources

Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…today it’s the letter R…I have been unable to find anything beginning with the letter Q…I have also been heartened to hear how many of you feel like I do that we need to take our own steps to avoid pollution wherever we can…

Abraham Lincoln is correct we need to act now to create the future for our families that we want…but at the moment we can only dream of…

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

 

The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change… letter R( No) Q…

Radon…

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon gas is inert, colourless and odourless. Radon is naturally in the atmosphere in trace amounts. Outdoors, radon disperses rapidly and, generally, is not a health issue. Most radon exposure occurs inside homes, schools and workplaces. Radon gas becomes trapped indoors after it enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Indoor radon can be controlled and managed with proven, cost-effective techniques.

Breathing radon over time increases your risk of lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Nationally, the EPA estimates that about 21,000 people die each year from radon-related lung cancer. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths…to read the full report please click this link.

Indoor radon is a preventable risk factor that can be handled through effective national policies and regulations. 

This is the report from the  World Health Organisation(WHO)

Personally, I have never been aware of any national policies surrounding this…Have you?

Renewable Resources…

Renewable resources are an energy source that cannot be depleted and are able to supply a continuous source of clean energy.

Currently, these are the most popular resources…

  1. Solar energy…Sunlight is one of our planet’s most abundant and freely available energy resources. The amount of solar energy that reaches the earth’s surface in one hour is more than the planet’s total energy requirements for a whole year. Although it sounds like a perfect renewable energy source, the amount of solar energy we can use varies according to the time of day and the season of the year as well as geographical location. In the UK, solar energy is an increasingly popular way to supplement your energy usage.
  2. Wind energy…The wind is a plentiful source of clean energy. Wind farms are an increasingly familiar sight around the world with wind power making an ever-increasing contribution to the National Grids. To harness electricity from wind energy, turbines are used to drive generators which then feed electricity into a National Grid. Although domestic or ‘off-grid generation systems are available, not every property is suitable for a domestic wind turbine.
  3. Hydro energy…As a renewable energy resource, hydropower is one of the most commercially developed. By building a dam or barrier, a large reservoir can be used to create a controlled flow of water that will drive a turbine, generating electricity. This energy source can often be more reliable than solar or wind power (especially if it’s tidal rather than river) and also allows electricity to be stored for use when demand reaches a peak.
  4. Tidal energy…This is another form of hydro energy that uses twice-daily tidal currents to drive turbine generators. Although tidal flow unlike some other hydro energy sources isn’t constant, it is highly predictable and can therefore compensate for the periods when the tide current is low.
  5. Geothermal energy…    By harnessing the natural heat below the earth’s surface, geothermal energy can be used to heat homes directly or to generate electricity. Although it harnesses power directly below our feet, geothermal energy is of negligible importance in the UK for example compared to countries such as Iceland, where geothermal heat is much more freely available.
  6. Biomass energy…This is the conversion of solid fuel made from plant materials into electricity. Although fundamentally, biomass involves burning organic materials to produce electricity, and nowadays this is a much cleaner, more energy-efficient process. By converting agricultural, industrial and domestic waste into solid, liquid and gas fuel, biomass generates power at a much lower economic and environmental cost.

With a few available options, I am wondering why we are still burning fossil fuels as they are not renewable and will run out…Plus they release Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere which contributes to Climate Change and Global Warming…Just asking!

Thank you for joining today for my environmental A-Z…See you tomorrow in my kitchen for more potatoes to finish of National Potato Month…xxx

 

 

 

 

 

Not Disney!…The Ants and the Grasshopper…


Imagine living where your village receives an average of 3 Days of rain PER YEAR.

That’s correct ..it’s not a typo…3 Days of rain PER YEAR…

Then you find out that it stems from the burning of Fossil Fuels in countries like the USA…

The country is Malawi…Malawian Farmer and Climate Activist Anita Chitaya started her quest in her own country as when your crops dry up and die through lack of water an alternative has to be found…

Anita’s theory is that if you go to someone’s house and talk then it is possible to reach an amicable solution…

That’s where Zak Piper and Raj Patel stepped in they filmed her trip across America…where Anita found her theory was less successful in the US.

Raj Patel who is a successful author…Inflamed and Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice(Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2021) he co-authored with Rupa Marva…Stuffed and Starved-The Hidden Battle for the World Food System(Melville House 2008)

This film does not shy away from acknowledging the ways in which the issue of Climate Change is about far more than growing food.

To craft a world that can support everybody is always intersectional”(Patel) ” It always involves class, it always involves race, it always involves gender”

This short clip of the film was an eye-opener I can’t wait to be able to watch this award-winning film…

It seems this film will be shown at @COP26 in November 2021 hopefully then it will be available for public viewing…and at The United Nations Food System Summit on the 23rd September in New York…

The themes in Anita’s journey in front of the camera are vast: climate change, hunger, women’s empowerment, colonialism, racial inequality and faith. It is a film with a vision of planetary importance. It speaks to the themes of two major events in 2021 that will shape the planet for generations to come: the UN Food System summit and the UN Climate Change Summit (COP26). Global climate and social change movements are ready to use the film, and a growing group of influencers are ready to offer their support. From 350.org, Greenpeace, and the 200-million member La Via Campesina to the Orthodox, Presbyterian and Catholic Churches, from Boots Riley to Michael Pollan, a diverse and wide coalition has formed around our film, united by the potential to transform perspectives, relationships of power, and our planet.

Sounds like a well-received and pretty important film…

Thank you for reading this post it has reinforced to me how much we should be taking Climate Change seriously before it is too late…xx

Smorgasbord Food Column – Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – Homemade Bread, Plastic Alternatives, Grated Cheese

Sally has kindly invited me back with my new series…Welcome to Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen…I hope you all enjoy please let us know as we both love to chat…Hugs xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I am delighted to be back with a brand- new column at Smorgasbord Magazine. Thank you, Sally for inviting me back x

Those of you who know me well know how passionate I am about cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients, the environment and ensuring that the food I make for my family is clean and as chemical free as it can possible be.

I am also of an age where I need to keep myself as healthy as I can by eating a varied diet which will also keep me at a healthy weight as long as I continue to exercise which in my case is walking daily…

This monthly post will cover sustainability, news on food production…changes for the better and maybe a villain or three…haha, a recipe or two including some plant- based recipes, hints and tips on making my household a little greener…aka recycling and composting.

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New Years Day 2021…

I don’t know about you guys but I am ready to see what 2021 brings…

I hope that you all stay safe and that 2021 meets your expectations… firstly though we have to get this Covid thing out of the way…by protecting ourselves the best we can while also remembering our neighbours and be mindful especially if they are alone or need some help…It is the only way we will get through this by building our communities …

Once this over I think the world could be a better place for us all…

Blogging wise…

I will be back with a new column over @ Sally’s…which will be a mixture of cooking and the enviroment how I try and keep my kitchen green…

I will be updating and repeating my healthy eating posts...my waistline is dictating that one…I read something over the last days which mentioned trying on something like jeans or a skirt with a waistband at least once a week as just because your joggers fit and are forgiving it sure don’t mean the jeans will…sorry to drop that little pearl…xxx

Saturday Snippets will still be here…full of whimsy and music and whatever else takes my fancy…

In the meantime please stay safe think of yourselves and others it is only way we will have a Happy Healthy 2021…Be well peeeps…xxx

Thank you for reading this post I kept it short and sweet…I have some cooking to do cocktail sauce to make…I am sure you have some cooking/eating to do as well…If you have time to comment I look forward to reading them if not have wonderful New Years Day…Love Carol xxx

Saturday Snippets…17th October 2020…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…this week has once again seen some balmy days and some spectacular electric lightening shows followed by real downpours happening early morning at 4 am my fingers are firmly crossed that the ceilings stay intact…

Right next to my house I have an expanse of land which has banana and mango trees, a pond and now they are clearing the land a little around the trees and the water some Asian open billed Storks have suddenly appeared firstly there was a big flock which stayed some time to feed and then took off but the last week has seen 2 lone ones who come and stay for the best part of the day and then disappear I am guessing to the wetlands some 10k from here.

I do hope they stay as we have a few varieties of smaller birds there and I would love to see the bird population grow and expand…I love watching them from my balcony…

This month as you know is National Pumpkin month and Halloween…I am already seeing posts of scary movies and houses…lots of soups and Halloween goodies…Today the rain has carried on from the downpour last night and it is a dull and drizzly day now and a tad colder…

I am bread making again today this covid has everyone baking more bread it seems which is good that home cooking is getting a revival, I have experimented with a few different types of bread lately, pretzel bread, butter rolls, cream cheese rolls, soda bread and our favourite the dutch oven or crockpot bread..it has such a lovely crust and soft inside due to the steam..the dutch oven mimics the commercial ovens who often use steam which how they get that crust…obviously on a smaller scale the dutch oven replicates that by heating the dutch oven and then popping in your dough and replacing the lid…hey presto just like the shops make but with no nasties…

Because of the rain and downturn in temperature, I have been getting repeated requests to make more pies and chocolate brownies…Lemon Chicken has been on the menu this week as well as an Indian curry…more soup and of course fish…A teriyaki style fish and the sea perch.

Did you know?

In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured to the bedframe by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened making the bed firmer to sleep on…Hence the phrase…Goodnight, Sleep tight!

Good News:

Zero emissions have to be good…Right?

Time for some music…

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards took place on Wednesday (Oct. 14)… now while much of it is not for me I was pleased to see that the passing of the great Van Halen was honoured…

Jack White paid tribute to Eddie Van Halen during his SNL performance

Jack White, who was the Saturday Night Live musical guest on Oct. 10, remembered the guitar legend by playing a blue Halen-designed guitar.

White noted on Instagram that “Eddie was very kind to me and saw to it that this guitar was made to my specs.” Halen, who died on Oct. 6, was also remembered at the end of the episode by host Bill Burr, who wore a Van Halen T-shirt as the cast and guests gathered on stage to close the show.

What really made me happy was that Fleetwood Mac returned to the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100…something to do with what I thought a clock did…Tik Tok whatever next however sparked by that viral skateboarding TikTok video featuring the song, Fleetwood Mac’s former No. 1 single “Dreams” re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Oct. 17) at No. 21, landing on the chart for the first time since its original 1977 run.

I think I prefer the original but it has caused a revival for Fleetwood Mac….It even inspired Stevie Nicks to Join Tik Tok…The power of Social Media…I think  I have now sussed out why Aston has taken up skateboarding…again…

Call me old-fashioned or behind the times but I prefer this version…Enjoy!

Even though I have stopped writing my regular posts on the environment etc...I still read and take notice…I read this post earlier and it resonated with me the writer Cynthia Kaufman articulated it far better than I ever could she put into words much that I believe in…I hope you pop over and have a read…

Thank you Cynthia I thoroughly enjoyed the read it made a lot of sense to me…

Solidarity Forever: Essential Workers, Public Goods, and How We Are in This Together

Bread and Butter...Bread fresh from the oven…are you drooling yet and fantasising about that crusty bread and butter…

I came across this lovely video the other day…about a man who loves to produce butter he doesn’t wish to go into huge production he is just happy with his craft…

I am now on the hunt for artisanal butter…

That’s all for me this week...I hope you have found something to enjoy…I am now going to make my green tea…contemplate making brownies at the request of my grandson and of course it is time to start the bread making…To all of you who are facing tighter lockdown restrictions please stay safe. I am praying that those who do not conform decide that it is now time to think of their neighbors and fellow man and just do it or this Virus which they think is false will carry on into 2021…Surely no one wants to see that?

Please let me know in the comments what you enjoyed …I love hearing from you it makes my day…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippet …xxx

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Recycling and Climate Change… 6th July 2020…

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of recycling and climate change news from around the world…

Last week I touched on solar power, the Circular Economy and Factory Farming, and a few other topics…Factory Farming has never sat easily with me…although I eat meat I am not a huge meat eater and veggies make up the biggest part of my plate I do care where my meat/fish comes from and how it is reared and on what…

Yesterday I went shopping in one of our two supermarkets and I was horrified when I visited the meat section and the vegetable section…The meat was hacked into portions there was no other word for it…The vegetables looked like they had seen better days I didn’t buy any meat or veg there and will only visit again if I need dry goods i.e flour.

Coupled with an article I came across this morning I am deeply concerned…I haven’t had the chance to fully investigate neither has the parties who wrote the article but they have recommended further investigations…

My initial thoughts are as follows:

For meat to be butchered like that I am almost certain they were not happy animals who were treated to the best in animal husbandry during their lives as in death their meat also was not treated with care or respect and it showed.

The report I read today argues that there is growing evidence that the virus was elsewhere before it emerged in Asia.

That Coronavirus may have lain dormant across the world and emerged when environmental conditions were right for it to thrive.

Those environmental conditions have caused the spotlight to fall on food factories and meatpacking plants and could uncover major new transmission routes, they believe. It may be shared toilet facilities coupled with cool conditions that allow the virus to thrive.

“We’re doing a living review, extracting environmental conditions, the ecology of these viruses which has been grossly understudied,” said Dr. Jefferson.

“There is quite a lot of evidence that huge amounts of the virus in sewage all over the place, and an increasing amount of evidence there is a fecal transmission. There is a high concentration where sewage is four degrees, which is the ideal temperature for it to be stabled and presumably activated. And meatpacking plants are often at four degrees.

To read the full article…

Factory Farming, Food Manufacturers, and meatpacking plants all three come under scrutiny time and time again…No smoke without fire springs to mind…All are increasing around the world…Food for thought…?

This next article is close to home for me…

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https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1945744/monkey-picked-coconut-boycott-spreads?fbclid=I

While I don’t agree that animals should be exploited like this...I do think there are many cases where double standards apply in many areas…

I don’t see major retailers pulling supplies of Monsanto weedkiller, chicken, beef, pork when meat packaging plant practices are highlighted and proved to be cruel.

These companies are constantly proved to be unethical, whether it be for tax avoidance or the treatment of workers at their fulfillment centres., environmental reporting, conflict mineral use, and supply chain management they are always in the news…

Amazon, Walmart, Nestle, Tesco, CocaCola…Do we boycott them?… Nike trainers again…always in the news, children working in sweatshops..the list is endless but are they boycotted… they maybe by you or me…But is enough done? those same people who are pulling coconut products from their shelves are still stocking their shelves with other products which shouldn’t be there either until they improve and prove they have improved their manufacturing and packing standards…

Personally, I think with everything that is going on that we all need to have a rethink…because if this all carries on I dread to think what kind of world my grandchildren will inherit…

Some Good News...

mangrove swamps

An international collaborative study led by Professor Derrick Yuk Fo Lai at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), joined by top-tier scientists from around the world, has discovered that sustained methane emissions from the subtropical estuarine mangroves can reduce its climatic cooling effects by over 50%, over a period of 20 years.

Whilst the problem of plastic pollution and microplastics in our oceans is gradually receiving more attention, there is still so much that we don’t know and so many solutions that need to be found.

Where does it come from, how much of a problem is it, where does it end up, what effects is it having on wildlife and people, what happens to it in the food chain, how do we get rid of it…?

Click here to find out…

Are you a committed to recycling do you think about what you buy and whether it can be recycled or reused? Or do you just buy it anyway? This video will inspire you to recycle…

Well, that’s all for me this week on the environment and climate change…we are in our rainy season now so hot steamy days and stormy nights so everything is growing super quick…including the bamboo…x

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

About Carol Taylor: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all stay safe and healthy xx