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. Which of the following statements on the effect of plastic on the environment and our health is correct?

Pollution Whale https://www.unenvironment.org/interactive/beat-plastic-pollution/
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Rivers carry plastic waste from deep inland to the sea, making them major contributors to ocean pollution A staggering 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year. How does it get there? A lot of it comes from the world’s rivers, which serve as direct conduits of trash from the world’s cities to the marine environment.

Question 2. Which of these is an accurate statement about 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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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a piece of advice for her fellow leaders: Don’t be on the wrong side of history. Ardern said Tuesday that climate change is the greatest threat facing the world. She urged her global counterparts to think carefully about the role they play in addressing global warming. Joining the fight against climate change needn’t mean relinquishing power, she continued; rather, it should mean safeguarding your legacy. 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. What is the impact of meat and dairy consumption on land clearance and use for farming?

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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. Which two of these statements is true about plastic in the ocean?


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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 as it is not disposed of at sea?

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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.

Question 11. How many species can be found in an 85 metre stretch of British hedgerow?

Badby Woods
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Casual destruction of hedgerows has real consequences for species survival and bio-diversity.

Question 12. Which of these are guiding ethics of permaculture?

Sherwood Forest
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The three guiding ethics of permaculture cast a broad net which contains the 12 principles: Observe and Interact, Catch and Store Energy, Obtain a Yield, Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services, Produce No Waste, Design From Patterns to Details, Integrate Rather Than Segregate, Use Small and Slow Solutions, Use and Value Diversity, Use Edges and Value the Marginal, and Creatively Use and Respond to Change.

Question 13. According to an article in The Guardian, how many years do we have before soil fertility eradication occurs?

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“We have encouraged a type of farming which has damaged the earth,” Gove told the parliamentary launch of the Sustainable Soils Alliance (SSA). “Countries can withstand coups d’état, wars and conflict, even leaving the EU, but no country can withstand the loss of its soil and fertility."

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