Climate Change Quiz

Climate Change Quiz2018-11-12T19:59:41+00:00

Welcome to the Climate Change Quiz!

Climate change is a global issue and it affects nearly everyone on earth. Take the quiz below to see how much you know!

1. The terms "climate" and "weather" can be used interchangeably.

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"Weather" refers to the atmospheric conditions over a short period of time which can vary from minutes to weeks. "Climate" refers to the average weather conditions of a location over much longer periods of time such as 40 years.

2. Climate change is part of a natural cycle that would have occurred even without human contribution.

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Natural climate cycles do occur on Earth. However, the last few significant natural climate cycles (the ice ages) recurred every 100,000 years or so, the current speed of global warming is occurring 10 times as fast as the end of the last ice age, making this the fastest known natural sustained global warming to ever occur on Earth.

3. How many people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to climate-related hazards since 2008?

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According to the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees, an average of 21.5 million people have been displaced since 2008 due to climate change.

4. Which sector is the largest contributor to global emissions?

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Burning fossil fuels for electricity and heating has been the top contributor to global emissions over any other source for over 10 years. In 2013, the energy sector represented 73% of total global emissions.

5. What percentage of the world's CO2 emissions can be absorbed by the world's forests?

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The world's forests combined can absorb about 8.8 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. Unfortunately, deforestation causes many forests to release more carbon than it absorbs.

6. The warming of oceans causes stronger and more frequent hurricanes.

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Hurricanes gain wind speed over warm ocean water below. Even a slight rise in ocean temperature can increase a hurricane's wind speed by up to 25-30 kilometres per hour.

7. Which of the following was the warmest year on record?

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2016 was the warmest year on record globally since records began 138 years ago. Global temperatures in 2016 were 0.99 degrees Celsius warmer than the mid-20th century mean, setting a new record for global average surface temperatures.

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