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Environmental Issues

Name these facts related to the environment of our planet.
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Last updated: August 27, 2015
First submittedMarch 1, 2015
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Type of rain caused by sulfur dioxide emissions
Acid Rain
Atmospheric layer depleted by chlorofluorocarbons
Ozone
The world's first national park
Yellowstone
Major inland sea of Central Asia that has almost completely dried up
Aral Sea
Site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, in 1986
Chernobyl
Species threatened by "medicinal" use of its horn
Rhinoceros
Chinese dish that has decimated the world's shark populations
Shark Fin Soup
Once North America's most abundant bird.
Hunted to extinction by 1914
Passenger Pigeon
Way to drill for "tight oil" by injecting liquid
Fracking
Ocean acidification is causing these creatures to become "bleached"
Coral
Once mostly forest, there are almost no trees remaining
in this Caribbean nation
Haiti
Introduced rabbits have harmed the ecology of this country
Australia
Rich fishing grounds off the coast of Newfoundland.
The cod population was reduced by 99%
Grand Banks
Most Abundant
Greenhouse Gasses
Water Vapor
Carbon Dioxide
Methane
 
 
Top Sources of
Electricity (TwH, 2008)
8,263
Coal
4,301
Natural Gas
3,288
Hydro
2,731
Nuclear
1,111
Oil
271
(Biomass)
219
Wind
65
Geothermal
13
Solar
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level ∞
Mar 1, 2015
I hope this quiz isn't too much doom and gloom. There are some reasons to be hopeful. Particularly the growth of solar power. We used data from 2008 that listed all sources of electricity. However, solar power generation has increased 1000% since then, and continues to increase at an astounding rate. Within a decade it could make a significant dent in our reliance on fossil fuels.
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level 73
Mar 1, 2015
As an engineer working with architects regularly, we are seeing more and more solar power specified. We are also seeing an increase in geothermal. As these systems become less expensive and more widely available, not to mention all of the green building initiatives already in place, you will start to see more and more energy efficient buildings. The goal is by 2030 to have buildings with 100% efficiency.
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level 77
Mar 1, 2015
Water vapor? Hmm... yet another reason to ban dihydrogen-monoxide.
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level 71
Apr 22, 2015
Tell 'em, K!
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level 58
Apr 22, 2015
Do you even know how many governments allow their citizens to consume that stuff??
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level 76
Apr 22, 2015
California is on the cutting edge of removing it from public use.
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level 77
Apr 27, 2015
Have they started using Brawndo to water the plants?
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level 66
Mar 1, 2015
I have to ask, how come biomass is given?
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level ∞
Mar 2, 2015
Too vague and too many potential type-ins.
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level 65
Apr 19, 2018
possibly the use of plants/crops for fuels such as ethanol.
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level 83
Mar 2, 2015
Even if it is too doom and gloom, you have the universal defense of truth on your side.
Might consider accepting shark fin without soup, pigeon without passenger, and hydraulic fracturing (I went to frakking instead of the correct spelling, too much BSG, I guess) and went to the long form when that wasn't accepted.
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level 32
Apr 22, 2015
I'd say pigeons are one of the most abundant birds
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level 66
Apr 22, 2015
not passenger pigeons...they are gone. Just like other animals, there are more than one variety of pigeons in the world
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level 77
Apr 27, 2015
yes, but Klabnix was saying that accepting merely "pigeon" as a type-in wouldn't be a good idea.
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level 82
Mar 9, 2015
Water vapour should also be accepted. I didn't even know you could spell "vapour" without the "u", but you Americans..
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level 82
Mar 9, 2015
Or "water power" for hydro? I was struggling with "solar" as well, but at least could think of that as an alternative for "sun power". And damn Grand Banks - forgot they were Grand and tried Great instead. That one's okay.
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level 58
Apr 22, 2015
Agree, I kept thinking water-powered, steam-powered, etc., but never would have come up with "hydro." I suppose I know now. :)
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level ∞
Apr 16, 2015
Water vapour will work now.
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level 77
Apr 22, 2015
We are an innovative bunch.
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level 82
Apr 22, 2015
How is hydraulic fracturing not the right answer?
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level 40
Apr 22, 2015
Maybe you could accept steam for water vapour?
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level 76
Nov 29, 2015
They're not the same thing.
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level 71
Aug 17, 2018
No, but nor is water vapour technically a gas, unless you are using the scientific definition, which means steam ;)
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level 68
Apr 22, 2015
Was Three Mile Island before Chernobyl?
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level 77
Apr 22, 2015
7 years earlier but much less severe.
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level 66
Apr 22, 2015
it says worlds worst disaster, not the first
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level 56
Apr 22, 2015
Need to accept Carrier Pigeon
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level 76
Apr 23, 2015
Carrier pigeons are pigeons which carry messages. They are usually rock pigeons, and there are plenty of them around.
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level 63
Apr 22, 2015
I'd argue Hiroshima was the first nuclear disaster site.
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level 76
Apr 23, 2015
Good point.
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level 68
Apr 23, 2015
I fail to see how the last hint is a question or clue
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level 58
Jul 24, 2016
I think 'fin soup' (instead of necessarily including shark) should be accepted given the question is already referring to sharks.
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level 69
Sep 29, 2016
Can you allow H20 as an answer on greenhouse? I typed it and then gave up on water vapour when it didn't work.
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level 68
Dec 22, 2016
Assuming "hydro" refers to dams, shouldn't HEP (hydroelectric power) be accepted?