Test Your Environment IQ

Test your environmental awareness with our E-IQ quiz. That’s ‘E’ as in Environmental but people who score highly will almost certainly have high IQ and EQ (emotional intelligence). Scroll back through the questions when you’re done to see the correct answers and explanations. Your score and appraisal are at the bottom. Don’t forget to share on Social Media (if you dare)!

Question 1. How long does it take for plastic waste to breakdown into harmless molecules.

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Plastic is Forever. It doesn’t ever truly bio-grade and go back to nature. Some plastics can take up to 400 years to degrade at all but even then, they typically photo-degrade into smaller pieces, continually polluting the environment throughout their life cycle.

Question 2. How many plant, animal and insect species are lost EVERY SINGLE DAY due to rainforest deforestation?

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Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year. As the rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. While 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.

Question 3. Who is the odd one out?

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Greta Thunberg is a Swedish schoolgirl who aged 15, skipped school, sat down outside the Swedish parliament – and inadvertently kicked off a global movement. The other 3 (POTUS Donald Trump, businessman and political donor Charles de Ganahl Koch and Australian PM Scott Morrison) are all infamous for their public denial of many tenets of the Paris Climate agreement.

Question 4. The new research shows that without meat and dairy consumption, land clearance and use for farming could be reduced by what percentage?

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The new analysis shows that while meat and dairy provide just 18% of calories and 37% of protein, it uses the vast majority – 83% – of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Question 5. How much waste plastic enters our oceans every day?

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Each day, about 8 million pieces of plastic pollution end up in our oceans. 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million seabirds are killed by plastic pollution annually.

Question 6. Land-discarded litter and landfill waste poses no threat to marine creatures?

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Even when disposed of on land, rivers, floods and wind transport litter to the sea.

Question 7. The fashion industry is one of the few with no real environmental impact.

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The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world after the Petroleum industry. ... More than a half trillion gallons of fresh water are used in the dyeing process of textiles each year, amounting to 20% of global industrial water pollution. Moreover, synthetic fabrics, from which 60% of all clothing on earth is made, have a big hidden problem: when they're washed, they release tiny plastic bits — called microfibers — that flow down our drains, through water treatment plants, and out into our rivers, lakes and oceans by the billions.

Question 8. Which Southern Hemisphere country recently passed an historic zero carbon bill with near unanimous bipartisan support?

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The New Zealand parliament has passed landmark legislation that enshrines the country’s commitment to the Paris Agreement into law, and will see the country achieve zero net carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.

Question 9. How did Australia's Deputy PM Michael McCormack describe those who believe there is a link between climate change and the national emergency from bushfires?

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When interviewed during the bushfire emergency, the Australian deputy PM declared: “We know it’s getting drier, we know it’s getting ... er, you know, situations in parts are getting very warm.” He then stated the government was taking sensible action on climate change – which was the kind of action that didn’t inconvenience anyone, and particularly not the coal industry. The deputy prime minister also thought "those climate protestors in Melbourne", were getting “way too much publicity; they crave for that, they yearn for that”. These people, he asserted, were “inner-city raving lunatics”.

Question 10. What is the ideal long term goal for temperature rise stated by the Paris Agreement?

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The Paris Agreement's long-term temperature goal is to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels; and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 °C, recognizing that this would substantially reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.

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