CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Climate Change Quiz

Test your knowledge about global warming facts. (questions about carbon are in pounds or carbon - not in terms of carbon dioxide)

  1. How much carbon is put into the atmosphere from use of 1 gallon of gasoline?
    1. less than an ounce
    2. about 1 pound
    3. about 3 pounds
    4. about 5 pounds
    5. more than 20 pounds
  2. How much carbon is put into the atmosphere on average in the U.S. from "on the grid" use of 1 kilowatt hour of electricity (the electricity to run a 100 watt light bulb for 10 hours)?
    1. less than a tenth of an ounce
    2. about an ounce
    3. about 2 ounces
    4. about 1/3 pound
    5. more than one pound
  3. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hasn't been this high in over:
    1. 100 years
    2. 1,000 years
    3. 10,000 years
    4. 100,000 years
    5. 400,000 years
  4. True or False: Over 2,000 of the world's top scientists have reported that global average temperatures may rise as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century if current trends continue.
  5. To stabilize atmospheric concentrations of CO2, per capita emissions (for a world population of 10 billion) would need to be:
    1. an ounce per person per day
    2. two pounds per person per day
    3. one pound per person per day
    4. five pounds per person per day
    5. thirty pounds per person per day
  6. Per capita emissions of carbon (from fossil fuels) in the U.S. are presently:
    1. about 5 pounds per person per day
    2. about 10 pounds per person per day
    3. about 20 pounds per person per day
    4. about 30 pounds per person per day
    5. over 50 pounds per person per day
  7. True or False: To create an environmentally sustainable society we must move rapidly to a renewable energy path.