Climate Change Terminology Quiz

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Climate Change Quizzes & Trivia

Test your knowledge of Climate Change terminology.


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  • 1. 
    What is the correct definition of 'science'?
    • A. 

      The acquisition of knowledge through the collection and analysis of data.

    • B. 

      A carbon-rich compound formed over geological time from organic materials, and burned by humans for energy.

    • C. 

      The body of human knowledge about the physical universe.

  • 2. 
    What is the correct definition of 'greenhouse gases'?
    • A. 

      Gases that trap solar heat energy in the atmosphere.

    • B. 

      The trapping of solar energy by certain gases in the atmosphere.

    • C. 

      A carbon-rich compound formed over geological time from organic materials, and burned by humans for energy.

  • 3. 
    What is the correct definition for 'fossil fuels'?
    • A. 

      Common chemical element on Earth, notable for its importance in living (organic) materials and in some greenhouse gases.

    • B. 

      A carbon-rich compound formed over geological time from organic materials, and burned by humans for energy.

    • C. 

      Average weather (rainfall, wind, temperature) conditions for a location on the Earth’s surface.

  • 4. 
    What is the correct definition of 'global warming'?
    • A. 

      The blanketing effect of clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere.

    • B. 

      The conversion of cosmic rays into infra-red radiation by certain gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.

    • C. 

      The increase in the Earth’s average surface temperature due to the greenhouse effect.

  • 5. 
    What is the correct definition of 'climate'?
    • A. 

      Alteration of average weather conditions over time.

    • B. 

      Average weather conditions for a location on the Earth’s surface.

    • C. 

      The temperature at which glaciers begin rapid melting.

  • 6. 
    What is the correct definition of 'climate change'?
    • A. 

      The occurrence of heatwaves due to global warming.

    • B. 

      Alteration of average weather conditions over time.

    • C. 

      The alteration of average temperature, wind and rainfall by human activities such as burning coal.

  • 7. 
    What is the correct defintion of the 'greenhouse effect'?  
    • A. 

      The trapping of solar energy by certain gases in the atmosphere.

    • B. 

      The conversion of cosmic rays into infra-red radiation by certain gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.

    • C. 

      The blanketing effect of clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere.

  • 8. 
    What is the correct definition of 'tipping point'?
    • A. 

      A factor (e.g. temperature) affecting a natural system (e.g. a forest), the level of that factor which causes a rapid and irreversible change of state (e.g. forest fire and conversion to savannah) of the system.

    • B. 

      The event of a previously rare phenomenon becoming rapidly and dramatically more common.

    • C. 

      A somewhat mean-spirited activity whereby one knocks over a sleeping cow.

  • 9. 
    What is the correct definition of 'carbon cycle'?
    • A. 

      The movement of carbon, in its many forms, between the atmosphere, oceans, biosphere, and geosphere.

    • B. 

      The movement of fossil fuel-bearing rocks through the Earth’s crust.

    • C. 

      The conversion of cosmic rays into infra-red radiation by certain gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.