1) A main source of our environmental problem is?
A. The massive flushing of toilets around the world
B. The rapid reproductivity of the E-Bola Virus
C. The discovery of bauxite in the Rainforest
D. The release of gas and gaseous-type particles into the atmosphere
2) The extinction of which one of the following creatures was actually inadvertently commissioned by members of the scientific community ?
A. The Dodo Bird
B. The Aurochs
C. The Cocker Spaniel
D. The Great Auk
3) Proof that the waste stream often effects our communities in unexpected ways is best evidenced by ?
A.) The presence of seagulls in landfills
B.) The appearance of turkey vultures in city neighborhoods
C.) Sightings of peacocks in southern New Jersey
D.) The dangerous reintroduction of the malaria disease in industrial countries.
1) D. A main source of our environmental problems is the release of gas and gaseous-type particles into the atmosphere. Some of these gases and particles include carbon dioxide, methane, CFCs. Their release into the atmosphere has compounded many of our areas of ecological concern, such as climate change, ozone depletion etc. It is also the TOTAL EFFECT of all of these various gases and particles, still daily being released, that should really concern us.
2) D. The Great Auk. Originally the Great Auk, the original penguin, was driven to near extinction by sailors who hunted it for food. When there were fifty or so Great Auks left, museums around the world became concerned they wouldn't have any birds in their collections. So they offered a bounty to hunters to bring back the whole body of a Great Auk. The remaing Great Auks were killed off because of this.
3) A. The presence of seagulls in landfills. If you've ever wondered why seagulls have migrated inland in so many places, especially central and northern New Jersey, one reason is landfills. The landfills attracted them with a steady diet of solid waste. A health hazard is also created when the birds drop pieces of waste outside the landfills, attracting insects, rats and other disease-carrying vermin.