Updated Environmental Quiz 2012

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Updated Environmental Quiz 2012
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1.  The population of the world in 1950 was about 2.6 billion. The world population is currently about:
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2.  The population of the world is currently increasing at a rate of 8,900 people per _______.
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3.  The estimated world population in the year 2050 is about:
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4.  The population of the United States in 1960 (50 years ago) was 181 million.  On March 7th, 2012 the U.S. population was estimated to be ________________.
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5.  United States population growth is near zero, with the population expected to stabilize by about 2050.
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6.  Assuming a growth rate of 5% annually, the population of the United States would surpass the current population of China by 2050.
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7.  Consumption of mineral resources gloablly has increased sharply over the past 30 years.
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8.  The United States is a net exporter of most raw materials used by industry today.
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9.  The raw material that is used in the greatest quantity in the United States today, and which accounts for almost one-third (by weight) of the total materials used annually, is steel.
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10.  Energy consumption per capita (per person) in the United  States is twice that of the European Union.
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11.  The number one cause of tropical deforestation worldwide is:
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12.  The area covered by forests in the United States today is approximately _______% of the forested area that existed in 1600.
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13.  The geographic area that encompasses the United States today has a greater extent of forest coverage than the same geographic area did in 1920.
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14.  Which of the following statements most accurately describes United States forests:
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15.  Growing trees capture carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen.
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16.  As originally established, it was never intended that the National Forests of the United States would be periodically harvested to obtain timber that would be used in meeting the nation's need for wood.
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17.  At current rates of deforestation, 40 percent of current forests in the United States will be lost by the middle of this century.
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18.  In the U.S. and globally, more species of plants and animals have been driven to extinction by logging activity than any other activity of humankind.
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19.  Under current United States law, forest harvesting is allowed within federally designated wilderness areas.
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20.  Populations of elk, pronghorn antelope, and wild turkey have declined significantly in the United States over the past 60 years.
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21.  Considering the total annual harvest of forests in the United States and the total consumption of wood and wood fiber products within our country, the U.S. is a net importer of wood and wood products.
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22.  As a percentage of all the paper used in the United States in 2010, ________% was recovered for reuse.
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23.  Recovered paper provided _____% of the U.S. paper industry's fiber in 2010.
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24.  More extensive recycling of paper could reduce harvesting of forests in the United States by 60 percent or more.
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25.  The manufacture of wood construction materials generally results in far lower environmental impacts than when similar construction materials are manufactured from steel, aluminum, plastic, or concrete.
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