Sustainability Definitions And Issues.

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  • 1. 

    Three key areas of sustainability are...

    • A.

      Political, energy and recycling

    • B.

      Economic, social and political

    • C.

      Social, environmental and economic

    • D.

      Recycling, biodiversity and social

    Correct Answer
    C. Social, environmental and economic
    Explanation
    The correct answer is social, environmental and economic. These three key areas of sustainability encompass different aspects of sustainable development. Social sustainability focuses on promoting social well-being, equality, and justice. Environmental sustainability aims to protect and preserve the natural environment and its resources. Economic sustainability involves ensuring long-term economic growth and stability while minimizing negative impacts on society and the environment. Together, these three areas address the interconnectedness of social, environmental, and economic factors in achieving a sustainable future.

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  • 2. 

    When choosing a sustainability project you should think locally and act globally

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    When choosing a sustainability project, it is important to think globally and act locally. This means considering the impact of the project on a global scale, such as its contribution to reducing carbon emissions or promoting sustainable practices worldwide. However, the action or implementation of the project should be focused on the local community or environment, as this is where the direct impact will be felt. Therefore, the correct answer is False, as the statement suggests the opposite approach.

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  • 3. 

    A practical sustainability science biodiversity project could include...

    • A.

      Examining biodiversity in the Daintree Rainforest.

    • B.

      Examining biodiversity in a local park.

    • C.

      Examining biodiversity in the world's oceans.

    • D.

      Looking at the effect of plastic waste on marine life.

    Correct Answer
    B. Examining biodiversity in a local park.
    Explanation
    A practical sustainability science biodiversity project could include examining biodiversity in a local park. Local parks are accessible and often have a wide variety of plant and animal species, making them suitable for studying biodiversity. Additionally, studying biodiversity in local parks can provide valuable information about the health of urban ecosystems and the impact of human activities on biodiversity. This project would allow researchers to assess the diversity of species, their interactions, and the overall ecosystem functioning in a local park setting.

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  • 4. 

    A practical sustainability science project on a farm would probably not include...

    • A.

      Looking at how to use water more efficiently.

    • B.

      Looking at how to minimise use of pesticides and herbicides.

    • C.

      Looking at the effect of GM crops on market price.

    • D.

      Looking at the effect of farming methods on the number of bird species in an area.

    Correct Answer
    C. Looking at the effect of GM crops on market price.
    Explanation
    A practical sustainability science project on a farm would probably not include looking at the effect of GM crops on market price. This is because the focus of sustainability science projects is typically on environmental and social aspects rather than economic factors. The project would likely prioritize topics such as water efficiency, minimizing pesticide and herbicide use, and studying the impact of farming methods on biodiversity.

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  • 5. 

    Aquaponics (the farming of fish in artificial pond-like environments) can be seen as sustainable because...

    • A.

      It is an additional income stream for struggling farmers.

    • B.

      It recycles nutrients which would otherwise go to waste.

    • C.

      Its prime purpose is to restock local streams.

    • D.

      It often involves the use of antibiotics to combat disease, ensuring healthy fish.

    Correct Answer
    B. It recycles nutrients which would otherwise go to waste.
    Explanation
    Aquaponics is considered sustainable because it recycles nutrients that would otherwise go to waste. In this farming method, fish waste provides nutrients to plants, and the plants, in turn, filter the water for the fish. This closed-loop system minimizes the need for additional fertilizers and reduces water usage. By utilizing the waste produced by the fish, aquaponics maximizes resource efficiency and minimizes environmental impact. Additionally, this method allows for the production of both fish and crops, providing a more diverse and resilient income stream for farmers.

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  • 6. 

    A sustainablity science project in fisheries management is not likely to include which of the following...

    • A.

      Research into how cod numbers have changed over time and matching this to the conditions in which they have had to survive over that time.

    • B.

      Research into how re-snagging of the river has affected cod numbers by assessing numbers where this has occurred.

    • C.

      Research anecdotes from local fishermen about how fish numbers and species have changed over time.

    • D.

      Assessing which bait Murray cod are least likely to bite on.

    Correct Answer
    D. Assessing which bait Murray cod are least likely to bite on.
    Explanation
    A sustainability science project in fisheries management focuses on understanding and promoting the long-term viability of fish populations and their ecosystems. It involves researching the impact of various factors on fish populations, such as changes in their habitats, historical trends in population numbers, and local knowledge from fishermen. However, assessing which bait Murray cod are least likely to bite on is not directly related to sustainability or the management of fish populations. This information may be useful for recreational fishing purposes, but it does not contribute to the overall goal of sustainability in fisheries management.

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  • 7. 

    A sustainability science project in tree management might include which of the following (tick all good choices).

    • A.

      Recording how the number of trees in a given area affect tree growth rates.

    • B.

      Researching the affect of rainfall (or lack of) on tree growth.

    • C.

      Researching what influence high water tables can have on growth of different species.

    • D.

      Researching what effect stands of trees have on birdlife in an area.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Recording how the number of trees in a given area affect tree growth rates.
    B. Researching the affect of rainfall (or lack of) on tree growth.
    C. Researching what influence high water tables can have on growth of different species.
    D. Researching what effect stands of trees have on birdlife in an area.
    Explanation
    A sustainability science project in tree management might include recording how the number of trees in a given area affects tree growth rates, researching the effect of rainfall (or lack of) on tree growth, researching what influence high water tables can have on the growth of different species, and researching what effect stands of trees have on birdlife in an area. These activities are relevant to understanding and managing the sustainability of tree populations, their growth, and their impact on the ecosystem.

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  • 8. 

    Farming can be more sustainable if soil conditions are improved. Improving soil conditions means improving the structure and balance of the soil.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Improving soil conditions is crucial for making farming more sustainable because it helps enhance the structure and balance of the soil. When soil conditions are improved, it can lead to increased nutrient availability, better water retention, and improved root development, all of which contribute to healthier plants and higher agricultural productivity. Additionally, healthy soil can reduce the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, minimize erosion, and support biodiversity. Therefore, by focusing on improving soil conditions, farmers can adopt more sustainable practices and ensure long-term productivity while minimizing environmental impacts.

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  • 9. 

    In science it is important to that we have measurements to base our analysis on. If we were to assess the health of the Murray river. Which of the following factors would be a direct measurement of the health of the river?

    • A.

      Type of macroinvertebrates present.

    • B.

      Physical factors like turbidity, pH and amount of dissolved oxygen in the water.

    • C.

      Number of boats on the river.

    • D.

      The amount of litter on the river bank and how this affects wildlife.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Type of macroinvertebrates present.
    B. Physical factors like turbidity, pH and amount of dissolved oxygen in the water.
    D. The amount of litter on the river bank and how this affects wildlife.
    Explanation
    The type of macroinvertebrates present and physical factors like turbidity, pH, and amount of dissolved oxygen in the water are direct measurements of the health of the river. Macroinvertebrates are sensitive to changes in water quality, so their presence or absence can indicate the overall health of the ecosystem. Physical factors like turbidity, pH, and dissolved oxygen levels directly affect the water quality and can indicate if the river is polluted or if there are any imbalances in the ecosystem. The amount of litter on the river bank and its impact on wildlife, while important, is not a direct measurement of the health of the river.

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  • 10. 

    The Murray River varies through the year. It can be measured by...

    • A.

      River height in metres above sea level.

    • B.

      Flow in megalitres per day.

    • C.

      Turbidity (cloudiness of the water).

    • D.

      Temperature of the water.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. River height in metres above sea level.
    B. Flow in megalitres per day.
    C. Turbidity (cloudiness of the water).
    D. Temperature of the water.
    Explanation
    The Murray River can be measured by multiple factors. One way to measure it is by river height in metres above sea level, which indicates the water level at a particular point. Another way is by flow in megalitres per day, which quantifies the volume of water passing through the river. Turbidity, or the cloudiness of the water, is also a measure of the river's condition, as it indicates the presence of suspended particles. Lastly, the temperature of the water provides information about the river's thermal characteristics. These various measurements help in understanding and monitoring the changes in the Murray River throughout the year.

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  • 11. 

    Plants in the Australian bush...

    • A.

      Flower throughout the year.

    • B.

      Flower only following rain.

    • C.

      All flower in Spring

    • D.

      Flower at the same time

    Correct Answer
    A. Flower throughout the year.
    Explanation
    Plants in the Australian bush are known to flower throughout the year. This means that they have adapted to the climate and environmental conditions of the region in such a way that they can bloom and produce flowers consistently throughout all seasons. Unlike plants in some other regions that may only flower during specific times or in response to certain stimuli like rain, Australian bush plants have the ability to flower continuously, providing a constant source of beauty and sustenance for the ecosystem.

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  • 12. 

    A farm cropping plan could include... (tick all possible answers)

    • A.

      Crop rotation calendar

    • B.

      Crop height

    • C.

      Seed and fertiliser use per hectare

    • D.

      Harvest in kg per hectare

    • E.

      Fuel use per season

    • F.

      Rainfall records

    • G.

      Facebook friends

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Crop rotation calendar
    B. Crop height
    C. Seed and fertiliser use per hectare
    D. Harvest in kg per hectare
    E. Fuel use per season
    F. Rainfall records
    Explanation
    A farm cropping plan is a comprehensive plan that includes various factors such as crop rotation calendar, crop height, seed and fertiliser use per hectare, harvest in kg per hectare, fuel use per season, and rainfall records. These factors are crucial for efficient and successful crop management. The crop rotation calendar helps in managing pests, diseases, and nutrient depletion. Crop height is important for determining the spacing and arrangement of crops. Seed and fertiliser use per hectare ensures proper nutrient supply for optimal growth. Harvest in kg per hectare helps in estimating yield and profitability. Fuel use per season is necessary for managing machinery and equipment. Rainfall records assist in irrigation planning and water management.

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