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Environment Issues

In KS2, one aspect of geography that is taught is environmental issues, such as global warming or the depletion of the ozone layer, and the problems they are causing to life on Earth.

Environmental issues are the negative aspects of human activity which are causing major problems on Earth, such as the destruction of the rainforests which is causing the atmosphere to warm up. Did you know that many environmental risk factors have been associated with asthma in children? But what can be done to deal with these issues? How can we solve the problems?

This quiz will test how much you know about the damage we are doing to the Earth and how we are trying to put it right.

What is the power produced by the sun called?
Nuclear power
Solar power
Gas power
Solar panels generate electricity from the sun's rays
What is the ozone layer?
A protective layer around the earth
The centre of the earth
A paintballing centre
Part of the North Pole
The ozone layer protects the Earth from too much UV from the sun
Which of these is NOT an environmentally-friendly method of producing electricity?
Burning coal
Water power
Coal is a fossil fuel
How is hydroelectricity produced?
With water
With the sun
With wind
By burning fossil fuels
Water can make turbines go round and these turbines can power generators
Which of these human activities is NOT causing global warming?
Burning fossil fuels
Cutting down rainforests
Using aerosols
Recycling glass
Recycling things, like glass, metal or paper, is good for the environment
Which of these effects does burning fossil fuels have on the environment?
It pollutes rivers
It fills up landfills
It causes drought
It causes hurricanes
Fossil fuels cause acid rain and this rain gets into rivers
What have most governments agreed to do to help stop global warming?
Chop the rainforests down
Reduce the amount of fossil fuels burned
Send a rocket to mend the ozone layer
Stop using electricity
There are other ways to create electricity, like nuclear power, wind power or hydroelectric power
Which of these is NOT due to global warming?
The earth may warm up
The ice caps may melt
We will run out of fossil fuels
The sea level may rise
The Earth will run out of fossil fuels one day but this is because we burn them which causes global warming
What type of harmful gases surround the Earth?
Solar gases
Natural gases
Greenhouse gases
Shed gases
Greenhouse gases are warming the planet up
Why are the rainforests being chopped down?
There are too many trees
It will reduce global warming
To clear land for farming
To use the wood for fuel
There are many people on Earth and they all need to be fed, so farmers chop down trees to make suitable farmland
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - What do fossil fuels and renewable energy mean?

Author:  Amanda Swift

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