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College Environmental Science
The US Senate has so far opposed emissions reductions on the grounds that
  1. no other nations have pledged reductions
  2. the US does not emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases
  3. President Obama rejected the scientific basis of global climate change
  4. it might hurt the economy
  5. the US already reduced its emissions by 68% as agreed in the Copenhagen treaty
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Effects attributed to Chernobyl
  1. were contained within the Ukraine
  2. have not been extensively documented
  3. serious respiratory illnesses but no fatalities
  4. increased incidence of thyroid cancers
  5. increased incidence of emphysema
College Environmental Science
Which of the following is a non-point pollution source?
  1. Acid mine drainage
  2. A pipe coming out of a factory
  3. Raw sewage being discharged from a cruise ship
  4. Run-off from agricultural fields
  5. A sewage treatment plant
College Environmental Science
Earth's climate                                                                                                .
  1. has been stable over the history of the planet
  2. is changing as a result of natural and human processes
  3. will stabilize over the next century, according to the predictions of most scientists
  4. has changed only once due to the evolution of green photosynthesizing plants
  5. history is undeterminable because there is no method of studying climatic history of the planet
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Energy conservation in the United States
  1. can be accomplished only through changed in environmental laws
  2. is unlikely to ever occur
  3. can be accomplished by changed in tax laws
  4. will be reality only if there is another major war
  5. can be improved as individuals make conscious choices to reduce personal consumption
College Environmental Science
The Deepwater Horizon's spill in 2010 showed that offshore drilling is very dangerous. Which of the following is not true for the consequences of it today?
  1. Countless animals (birds, shrimp. fish, etc.) died
  2. Fisheries were devastated, and fishermen lost jobs
  3. Tourism and economics of the area have been equally strong for the last 5 years
  4. Native bird and turtle species are lost forever
  5. Coastal marsh plants died, leading to erosion
College Environmental Science
The primary causes of acid deposition are                                 .
  1. tropospheric ozone
  2. sulfur and nitrogen oxides
  3. soil dust and sand
  4. radon gas and fuel wood smoke
  5. carbon monoxide and formaldehyde
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                                                                        is NOT a part of the technology of "clean coal"
  1. Removing sulfur oxides form the emissions
  2. Capturing and sequestering carbon emissions
  3. Converting coal to syngas (natural gas)
  4. Removing carbon content from coal before combustion
  5. Injecting captured carbon dioxide into rock formations deep underground
College Environmental Science
Keeling's reports form Mauna Loa demonstrated
  1. an increase in tropospheric [math]CO_2[/math] from the 1950s to present
  2. that sediments deposited on the seafloor can yield clues about past climates
  3. that as distances from cities decreased, [math]CO_2[/math] concentrations increased
  4. that [math]CO_2[/math] levels have been stable over the last 40 years
  5. the presence of El NiƱo
College Environmental Science
Which of the following is not used as an indicator of water quality?
  1. temperature and turbidity (density of suspended particles in water)
  2. pH and nutrient concentrations, dissolved oxygen concentration
  3. nutrient concentrations, dissolved oxygen concentration
  4. presence of harmful microorganisms and species diversity
  5. presence of healthy invasive species if presence of information on native species is available
College Environmental Science
Photochemical smog differs from industrial smog in that it                                           .
  1. is formed only in the presence of sunlight
  2. has large quantities of soot
  3. is primarily compose of carbon monoxide
  4. consists of primary pollutants
  5. is an unhealthy mixture of pollutants
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When assessing energy resources, it is helpful to use a measure called EROI, which is                                                                   .
  1. energy returned minus energy invested
  2. energy returned plus energy invested
  3. amount of energy invested minus heat released into the environment
  4. money invested in extraction and processing minus money in sales
  5. energy returned divided by energy invested
College Environmental Science
Oil production, refining, and transportation have been associated with all of the following environmental problems except:
  1. disturbance of the land surface
  2. land subsidence
  3. acid mine drainage
  4. release of harmful gases
  5. pollution of groundwater
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