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Environmental Quiz

This quiz was developed by NEETF (The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation). 
When you finish the quiz, more information is provided with the answers.


1. How is most of the electricity in the U.S. generated? Is it:

a. By burning oil, coal, and wood
b. With nuclear power
c. Through solar energy
d. At hydro electric power plants
e. Don't know.

2. What is the most common cause of pollution of streams, rivers, and oceans? Is it:

a. Dumping of garbage by cities
b. Surface water running off yards, city streets, paved lots, and farm fields
c. Trash washed into the ocean from beaches
d. Waste dumped by factories
e. Don't know

3. What do you think is the main cause of global climate change, that is, the warming of the planet Earth?  Is it:

a. A recent increase in oxygen in the atmosphere
b. Sunlight radiating more strongly through a hole in the upper ozone layer
c. More carbon emissions from autos, homes, and industry
d. Increased activity from volcanoes worldwide
e. Don't know (and neither do scientists)

4. To the best of your knowledge, what percentage of the world's water is fresh and available for use? Is it:

a. 1%
b. 5%
c. 10%
d. 33%
e. Don't know

5. The current worldwide reduction in the number of ocean fish is PRIMARILY due to which of the following:

a. Pollution in coastal waters worldwide
b. Increased harvesting by fishing vessels
c. Changes in ocean temperature
d. Loss of fishing shoals and other deep sea habitats
e. Don't know

6. What is the leading cause of childhood death worldwide? Is it:

a. Malnutrition and starvation
b. Asthma from dust in the air
c. Auto and home accidents
d. Germs in the water
e. Don't know

7. What is the most common reason that an animal species become extinct? Is it because:

a. Pesticides are killing them
b. Their habitats are being destroyed by humans
c. There is too much hunting
d. There are climate changes that affect them
e. Don't know

8. There are thousands of waste disposal areas - dumps and landfills - in the U.S. that hold toxic waste.  The greatest threat posed by these waste disposal areas is:

a. Chemical air pollution
b. Contact with farm animals and household pets
c. Contamination of water supplies
d. Human consumption through contaminated food
e. Don't know

9. Many communities are concerned about running out of room in their community trash dumps and landfills. Is the greatest source of landfill material :

a. Disposable diapers
b. Lawn and garden clippings, trimmings, and leaves
c. Paper products including newspapers, cardboard, and packaging
d. Glass and plastic bottles and aluminum and steel cans
e. Don't know.

10. Some scientists have expressed concern that chemicals and certain minerals accumulate in the human body at dangerous levels. Do these chemicals and minerals enter the body PRIMARILY through:

a. Breathing air
b. Living near toxic waste dumps
c. Household cleaning products
d. Drinking water
e. Don't know.