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Summer quiz – Ten questions on the ‘code red’ climate crisis

The latest report on climate change includes a stark warning that action is needed now to try to contain human-induced global warming and its dire consequences for global weather, societies around the world, our economies and by extension for investing.  

The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with contributions from 234 scientists from 66 countries includes takeaways such as 

  • Extreme weather events are on the rise
  • The role we play in climate change is unequivocal
  • Climate change is a truly global phenomenon
  • The goals of capping global warming at 1.5C or even 2.0C are slipping beyond our reach. 

 While awareness of the urgent need to fight the climate crises is growing, it is essential to have the facts straight to build momentum and ensure that the response is focused where it matters.

Here are 10 questions to test your climate change knowledge. 

1. Earth is called a Goldilocks planet because:  

A. It has bears on it

B. Its distance from the sun is 'just right' for life

C. More than 100 million blond people live there

2. Burning fossil fuels is the main source of human-produced carbon dioxide. But what is the second leading source?

A. Deforestation

B. Volcanic activity

C. Cow belching

3. We produce more than 36 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year. Where does most of it end up?

A. It is inhaled by trees for photosynthesis

B. It enters our oceans

C. It lingers in the atmosphere

4. Fires release the carbon stored in plants, so measuring the extent and severity of forest fires around the globe is an important ingredient in understanding the carbon cycle.  

True

False

5. Climate scientists predict that increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will result in:

A. More acidic oceans

B. Soil moisture changes in many regions

C. Stronger hurricanes

D. All of the above

6. How far can air pollution travel from its source?

Around my town

Around my state

Around my country

Around the world

 7. As the average global temperature rises,

A. Average precipitation increases

B. Average precipitation decreases

C. Average precipitation is unchanged

8. What percentage of heat from global warming has the ocean absorbed in the past 40 years?

A. 11 percent

B. 35 percent

C. 90 percent

9. Today, which renewable energy source provides the US with the most energy?

A. Wind

B. Solar

C. Geothermal

D. Hydropower

10. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which was the world’s hottest month ever recorded?

A. August 2019

B. July 2021

C. June 1976

BNP Paribas Asset Management believes investors should be active stewards, engaging with companies on issues ranging from environmental degradation and social inequality to opaque governance. This is central to understanding risk and investing responsibly to achieve long-term sustainable returns.

For more on a range of sustainable investing topics, including green hydrogen, the energy transition and inclusive growth, go to Sustainable investing - Investors' Corner (bnpparibas-am.com)

Answers to our ten quiz questions: 1b; 2a; 3c; 4 true; 5d; 6 around the world; 7a; 8c; 9d; 10b

For more detailed answers, go to Graphics and Multimedia | Resources – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet (nasa.gov) – Resources - Quizzes.


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