3704MD1K_F10 - ESC3704 Name 56 points September 22, 2010 25...

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1 ESC3704 Name 56 points September 22, 2010 25 students took exam - Numbers to the left of the question number in red are the number of incorrect responses. Instructor comments are in blue . Florida Atlantic University Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Science First Midterm Examination Key True-False - Print the letter T or F in the blank to indicate if each of the following statements is true or false. Illegible answers are wrong. (1 point each) 1 T 1. According to Plan B , melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets would lead to sea-level rise of more than ten meters, and create hundreds of millions of climate refugees. 2 T 2. Flash flooding and landslides following deforestation has caused huge economic losses and been responsible for substantial human mortality in China, Thailand, and the Philippines. 10 F 3. In Plan B, Lester brown describes the use of palm oil as a biodiesel fuel as an environmentally safe way of increasing the world’s fuel supply. Quite the opposite - palm oil plantations are causing rapid destruction of tropical forests, resulting in habitat destruction of many threatened and endangered species. See Chapter 5, page 89. 4 T 4. Life-expectancy in sub-Saharan countries has dropped substantially due to AIDS. 2 F 5. According to Plan B, the social and economic gap between the world’s richest and poorest peoples has been reduced, and continues to get less. See Plan B, Chapter 6, page 107 5 T 6. Illiteracy, particularly among women, can substantially increase the average number of children a woman has. See Plan B, Chapter 6, page 109. 14 T 7. The new century began on an inspiring note when the countries that belong to the United Nations adopted the goal of cutting the number of people living in poverty in half by 2015. And as of 2007 the world looked to be on track to meet this goal. See Plan B, Chapter 7, page 131. 9 F 8. The percentage of children completing primary school education decreased substantially between 2000 and 2005. Actually, it increased by 5%, but only about two- thirds of developing countries are expected to reach the goal of universal primary education by 2015. See Plan B, Chapter 7, page 134.
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2 16 F 9. The Green Revolution increased the world grain yield per hectare by substantial amounts starting in 1950. This rapid increase has continued unabated through 2007 (the last year statistics were available). It continued to increase, but the rate dropped from 2.1% from 1950-90, to 1.2% per year from 1990 to 2007. See Plan B , Chapter 9, page 176 8 T 10. If the earth continues to grow at its present rate, called constant fertility, and assuming that no events which cause much higher mortality rates to occur, the population of earth will double between 2000 and 2050. 7
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