Monday, April 19, 2010

Earth Day: April 22

Environment Quiz:
What's Your Environmental Footprint?

Going "Green" is red-hot these days, but are you really in the know? How big is the human footprint we stamp on the planet, with the little steps we take every day?

1) Is going vegetarian better for the Earth? Meat-eaters who switch to a plant-based diet saveA) A few animals' lives, but not much else
B) Over one hectare of land per ton of food
C) Over 10 hectares of land per ton of food

2) Newer technologies are often better. Buying a brand new, gas-powered car
A) Is less energy efficient than keeping an old car well maintained
B) Is as efficient as driving a hybrid
C) Is more efficient than driving an old car, even if it's an SUV

3) If every American replaced one incandescent light bulb with a fluorescentA) Homes would be much less energy efficient
B) It would be like taking 1,000 cars off the road for one year
C) It would be like taking 1 million cars off the road for one year

4) Everyone needs to get around. The least environmentally-friendly way to travel isA) By car, especially with two or fewer passengers
B) By train, especially slow, multiple-stop trips
C) By air, especially short-haul flights

5) Two passengers flying New York to London return are responsible forA) The emission of 3 tons of carbon dioxide
B) The emission of 20 tons of carbon dioxide
C) The emission of 100 tons of carbon dioxide

6) In the past century, the average global temperature of the Earth rose...A) About 5 degrees Fahrenheit
B) About 1 degree Fahrenheit
C) To a high in the 1980s, but has since dropped

7) Americans account for about 5 percent of the world's population andA) About 50 percent of the world's energy consumption
B) About 25 percent of the world's energy consumption
About 10 percent of the world's energy consumption

8) Water shortages are a new reality. At about 500,000 gallons per person per year, Americans consume approximately
A) Double the average in other developed nations
B) Double the average in Third World nations
C) The same as most Europeans

9) Landfills are spilling over, caused by an annual output of about
A) 100 pounds of garbage per person
B) 1,600 pounds of garbage per household
C) 1,600 pounds of garbage per person

10) Swapping a 10-year-old refrigerator for a newer, more efficient model savesA) Enough energy to light your home for 3 months
B) Enough energy heat your home for 6 months
C) Enough energy light and heat your home for one year

Coral Reef
Answers: B, A, C, C, A, B, B, A, C, A,


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