Are we destroying the environment? Take the Quiz!

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Global warming, carbon emissions, endangered species. Mankind is the root cause of all these alarming changes to the environment. Take this quiz to learn more about just how much mankind's presence has changed the world we live in.

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Question 1 of 20

Overfishing has threatened thousands of marine species. In 2006, Americans ate an average of ____ pounds of fish per person.

8.5 (3.9 kg)
12.5 (5.7 kg)
16.5 (7.5 kg)
20.5 (9.3 kg)

... Americans love fish, consuming an average of 16.5 pounds (7.5 kilograms) per person, up four pounds since 1980.

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Question 2 of 20

Which of the following shark species is endangered because of overfishing?

scalloped hammer-head shark
shortfin mako shark
common thresher shark
tiger shark
all of the above

... Sharks are particularly hard hit by overfishing. In the Atlantic Ocean, the shark population has decreased by 50 percent since 1970.

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Question 3 of 20

This country has nearly depleted all the anchovies once found off its shores.

Italy
United States
Peru
Greece

... Peru has run down its stock of the small fish, which is used for feed in aquafarms.

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Question 4 of 20

Mankind's tendency to introduce species to new environments threatens local ecosystems. Which of the following species is not indigeneous to North America?

bull frog
brown bear
domestic cat
road runner

... Domestic cats first arrived in North America with early colonists. As an invasive species, they became a predator to native species, including the now-extinct Dodo bird.

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Question 5 of 20

Americans constitute this percentage of the world's population but are responsible for this percentage of global carbon emissions.

5 percent and 20 percent
2 percent and 20 percent
2 percent and 40 percent
5 percent and 40 percent

... Despite having a population one-quarter the size of China, America emits nearly as much carbon dioxide as the much larger nation.

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Question 6 of 20

What percentage of U.S. energy is powered by coal?

30 percent
40 percent
50 percent
60 percent

... Coal is the primary source of U.S. energy, in spite of its impact on global warming.

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Question 7 of 20

How many bald eagles were killed in 1989's Exxon Valdez oil spill?

100
250
400
550

... Two hundred fifty bald eagles died, along with 2,800 sea otters, 300 harbor seals and 22 killer whales.

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Question 8 of 20

The 3 Rs of recycling are "____, reuse, recycle"?

repair
restock
resell
reduce

... School children across the country are taught to "reduce, reuse, recycle," the EPA's unofficial energy reduction slogan.

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Question 9 of 20

Which country has the most endangered species in the world?

Australia
United States
Ecuador
China
Brazil

... Ecuador has more than 2,200 endangered species -- almost twice as much as any other nation.

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Question 10 of 20

Which form of wildlife has the largest number of exctinct species?

plants
birds
insects
mammals
fish

... The vast majority of species that have become extinct are insects.

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Question 11 of 20

What percentage of mammals are considered "globally threatened."

8
16
24

... Twenty four percent of mammals on the planet are regarded as threatened, which is one classification short of endangered.

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Question 12 of 20

When was the Environmental Protection Agency established?

1950
1960
1970
1980

... The EPA was established under the Clean Air Act, which was signed into law by President Nixon in 1970.

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Question 13 of 20

Fact or Fiction: There are as many cars as people in the United States.

fact
fiction

... Fiction: There are approximately .75 cars for every individual in the U.S.

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Question 14 of 20

How many pounds of carbon dioxide does one car emit per year?

12 pounds (5.4 kg)
120 pounds (54.4 kg)
1,200 pounds (544.3 kg)
12,000 pounds (5,443 kilograms)

... In one year, an average car creates 12,000 pounds (5,443 kilograms) of carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas contributing to global warming.

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Question 15 of 20

Which of the following is a greenhouse gas?

argon
nitrogen
methane
oxygen

... Methane accounts for 8 percent of the weight of America's greenhouse gases, behind only carbon dioxide.

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Question 16 of 20

What percentage of the world's automobiles are in the United States?

20 percent
30 percent
40 percent
50 percent

... Thirty percent of the cars in the world are in the U.S., and Americans contribute 45 percent of the world's autmotive carbon emissions.

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Question 17 of 20

Which of the following will take the longest to decompose?

steel can
aluminum can
plastic sandwich bag
car tire

... A rubber tire won't ever decompose naturally, since there are no biological organisms that can feed on vulcanized rubber.

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Question 18 of 20

Animal waste on farms is a major contributor to greenhouse gases. A single hog excretes how many pounds of waste a day?

13.5 pounds (6.1 kg)
15.5 pounds (7 kg)
17.5 pounds (7.9 kg)
19.5 pounds (8.8 kg)
21.5 pounds (9.8 kg)

... A hog produces 17.5 pounds (7.9 kilograms) of waste a day. On a factory farm containing 35,000 hogs, more than four million pounds of waste are produced each week, and more than 200 million pounds each year.

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Question 19 of 20

Which country loses the most forest every year?

Brazil
Congo
Nigeria

... Brazil loses 8,915 square miles (23,090 sq. km) of forest every year. Between 1990 and 2005, it lost forests the size of California.

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Question 20 of 20

Overpopulation is one of the biggest factors in global warming. The number of people born every week worldwide is equal to the population of which U.S. city?

San Francisco
Atlanta
San Antonio
Des Moines

... Two hundred thousand people are born every day, or 1.4 million each week, roughly equivalent to the size of the seventh-largest U.S. city, San Antonio.

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