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The Environmental A-Z…the letter H…

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 H.

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

Hazardous Waste:

Hazardous waste is waste that has substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. Characteristic hazardous wastes are materials that are known or tested to exhibit one or more of the following hazardous traits: Ignitability. Reactivity. Corrosivity, Toxicity.

They are all around us and some come from everyday activities…there are those that may contain toxic substances generated from industrial, hospital, some types of household wastes. These wastes could be corrosive, inflammable, explosive, or react when exposed to other materials.

Let’s not be complacent about this...it matters how we dispose of them and to not comply is both dangerous and stupid.

Let’s start with our homes…Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any unwanted household product labelled as flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive.

The most common products include aerosols, anti-freeze, asbestos, fertilizers, motor oil, paint supplies, photo chemicals, poisons, and solvents.

How many of these do YOU just throw away with your normal waste? If it then goes to landfill it is then leaking into the soil and water…or do you pour them down the drain, burn them, pour them in a ditch, dump them on a vacant lot, or bury them in a field.

These practices are dangerous.

Waste from hazardous products can contaminate lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater (the places below the ground where water accumulates before it goes to a river, stream, or well). Often only a small amount of hazardous materials can cause serious problems. It only takes one gallon of oil to ruin one million gallons of water.

I know manufacturers have been fined for dumping hazardous waste and many still do it...I am not concentrating on them today as we need to look to ourselves…Know what you are disposing of and how…Let’s start at home and protect Mother Earth.

Household Waste…

It is a proven statistic that if everyone disposed of their waste correctly and responsibly it would make a huge difference…So don’t think that just because YOU throw your oil down your sink or drain that it doesn’t matter …IT DOES.

It is quite easy to dispose of household waste correctly it is also quite easy to take steps to not produce so much household waste if we don’t waste it we don’t have to dispose of it…

We do however need to plan…shop and cook clever to avoid waste we then don’t have to dispose of it…Do we?

The first step in the planning is how we shop…I am lucky in that I have fresh markets within walking distance …I also grow a selection of herbs, fruit and veggies…Not all of you are as lucky as I am so you need to plan, plan what you can grow even on a windowsill or pots, use your freezer, buy fruits and vegetables in season then pickle them, make jams and chutneys or freeze them..take advantage of bargains.

Before you go shopping check that fridge and shop that fridge look at what you have and what you can make from it… those leftover bits of vegetables make soup…flat soda ?…make granola, just freeze it and once frozen scrape with a fork…

Cola also is a great meat tenderiser…3 billion pounds of flat soda liquid is poured down the drains each year…what a waste when we can use it with little or no effort on our part…

Use unpaper towels...Up to 4 months of paper towels! Using reusable towels decreases 3,000 tons of paper towel waste a day. Save trees while saving space and money with this eco-friendly sustainable alternative.

I have ordered mine and will let you know how I get on…

Think before you load that dishwasher with dirty pans and plates have you scraped them squeaky clean into your food waste bin? Because most of us wash our excess curry sauce, soup down the drain…it then sticks to wet wipes, nappies and the end product is a fatberg…One and a half million tons of food and drink is chucked down the sinks each year.

Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

What is fracking? ….short for hydraulic fracturing, it’s a method that uses high-pressure water and chemical cocktails to break up deep shale formations in order to extract gas …

The dangers of fracking…In addition to water quality issues, fracking wells release compounds into the air, such as benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene and n-hexane; long-term exposure to these has been linked to birth defects, neurological problems, blood disorders and cancer. 

Quite frankly from what I have been reading if any fracking was carried out close to where I lived I would move…HOWEVER, a whole town cannot move…if you own your home who is going to buy it?…

It seems to me that profit is overriding any safety and health issues …the effect on drinking water sources…the damage it can and does cause is mind-blowing…

https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/hfstudy/recordisplay.cfm?deid=332990.

After watching this…I would would say yes…what do you think ?

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… also what affects our health and how…

See you in two weeks for the letter I…next Wednesday it will be Part 7 of the new A-Z on food and terms with the middle letter being H as in Anchovy…Doughnuts again but spelt properly…mine’s a jam one, please x

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

 

The Environmental A-Z…the letter E…

Welcome to my new series…still an A-Z but with a difference …it’s not food-related!

In the meantime, 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 E.

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

Ecosystem:

A community of organisms that depend on each other and the environment they inhabit…However, there is far more to the ecosystem than I first realised…It is divided into 4 categories…those being artificial, terrestrial, lentic and lotic which are all part of the biomes which are climatic systems of organisms and life.

Inside of the biomes systems, there are living and non-living environmental factors known as biotic(organisms, animals and plants) and abiotic (water, light and gasses)

Now let’s look at the 4 categories:

Artificial…as in man-made sometimes they are introduced as a way of replenishing the environment they are also a vital learning tool…Erected in the form of biodomes they are closed, artificial ecosystems created for the study of biology and an excellent learning aid for environmentalists…The Eden Project is a great example of this…

There are also plans to build a Marine Environment-Eden Project North.

Terrestrial…are land systems forests, deserts, grassland, tundras and coastal regions. It is the biomes climate that determines whether or not more than one terrestrial system is present.

An example is tundras where fewer plants grow due to the lower temperatures however this also applies to deserts where the high temperatures inhibit plant growth.

Forests and grasslands are different and may have exceedingly more growth …the biome has the right amount of sunlight plus moisture which enables more species to grow and thrive.

Lentic…a class of aquatic ecosystems found on land, ponds, rivers, streams, lakes and swamps…most are still bodies of water which may contain both animals and micro-organisms this is where sunlight plays its part as photosynthesis comes into the equation. ..it is necessary for the survival and growth of algae and underwater plants.

Lotic…are moving bodies of water that flow into others and eventually into the sea…unlike lentic they do not rely on photosynthesis.

Ecotourism:

Small-scale tourism in fragile and protected areas that aims to have a low impact on the environment, benefit local communities and enable tourists to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the place.

Penguin Island

I think a great example of this was when we visited Australia as some of the places we visited were only open at certain times of the year to allow the animals to breed in peace…I thought it was a great idea also  NO food or drink can be purchased on the island… A picnic area is provided but has NO bins. Visitors are expected to take their rubbish away with them. Brilliant idea I think…

Another beautiful island is where no cars are allowed bikes only…as the welfare of the animals is paramount…Rottnest Island home of the Quokkas…

The friendliest and most trusting animal on earth…which is why they need protecting from the human race…sad isn’t it?

Effluent:

Liquid wastes such as sewage and liquid waste from industries and our homes…Liquid waste can be defined as liquids such as wastewater, fats, oils or grease (FOG), used oil, liquids, solids, gases, or sludges and hazardous household liquids.

These liquids are hazardous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment. They can also be discarded commercial products classified as “Liquid Industrial Waste” such as cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes.  There are general regulatory requirements relating to waste, additional regulations apply to generating, storing, transporting, treating and disposing of hazardous and liquid wastes.

Emissions Trading Allowance…

Permission to emit to the atmosphere, one tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent, during a specific trading period. The allowance is only valid for the purpose of the Directive and can only be transferred in accordance with the Directive.

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 F…next Wednesday it will be Part 4 of the new A-Z on food and terms with the middle letter being E as in polEnta.

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

Waste Not!Want Not…Week 24…Dead Gray Whales…Fat Bergs…

Week 24 …Where do the weeks go?… The research is going well but it takes me off on so many tangents and boy does it leave me with lots of questions…

I see a headline either the news or FB…Today it was this one…Not happily playing like this picture…Dead on the beach…

Grey whale blue sea

Photo credit: spieri_sf on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Scientist Sounds The Alarm On 9th Dead Gray Whale Off San Francisco…Whales dying of malnutrition…

Of course, it had the addition of the picture which was going to tug at your heartstrings and getting you to comment and push the share button all in the space of about 5 seconds…

blue string heart shape on wooden pallet

Image by Kevin Phillips from Pixabay

Wow, if you had a product to sell and made a sale someone would be rubbing their hands together…I didn’t!…

I have in the past just pressed share but so many times either through someone else’s comment or just because I wanted to know more …I discovered there is a bigger picture…

9 dead whales… 3 maybe 4 were because of a collision with a boat…That reduces the odds…

Are malnutrition and starvation the same thing?

Starvation is a severe deficiency in caloric energy intake, below the level needed to maintain an organism’s life.

 Malnutrition results from a poor diet or inability to absorb nutrients.

It was said that discounting the trauma from a collision that those figures were high…maybe as a result of warming oceanic conditions, which have contributed to shifting food sources.

But the inability to absorb nutrients can be caused by illness, it could be caused by foreign bodies in the stomach or digestive system. We have seen the stories and pictures of the amount of rubbish/plastic in animals stomachs. Microplastics are a danger generally eaten by the smaller fish but who eats the smaller fish?

The story from the Blue Water Task Force states that the much-needed rainfall has brought highly polluted stormwater and debris to the beaches. Hence the surfers can’t surf and the beaches are closed …Health reasons...But what about the marine life???

My point being please don’t just take a horrified look at a picture or headline …DO your research… Please x

7 miles down in one of the deepest parts of the oceans…Unbelievable…Plastic Waste

How low can the depths of mankind’s waste and inability to dispose of correctly reach…

Water…

drop falling into water

Photo on VisualHunt

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.      

W. H. Auden

I am sure many of you have thought about what flows away from your house through the water system …Where does it end up? Either in your septic tank ( If ) you have one or it goes to a sewage treatment plant through a sewage system. I have watched the videos and it is a great system so how do our waterways get polluted?

Chemical waste from factories is sometimes dumped into rivers and lakes, or directly into the ground. Pesticides (chemicals that kill insects) applied to farmland enter surface water and groundwater, often in large quantities. … I think that statement makes the situation perfectly clear …Don’t You!

I can hear you going phew! She isn’t going to blame me…We don’t get off scot-free…Sorry!

I am as guilty of this as anyone..Well, I am not now as hubby watches me like the proverbial hawk…He is just happy there is something he can blame me for…I am happy to let him have that one…haha

FAT BERGS!

The motto do not wash any fat down your sink even if accompanied by boiling water…

Thank you so much for reading this post If you have any thoughts please add a comment I always respond 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.

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!

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