TEENS SAVE THE EARTH.
Seventy-five percent of teens in America consider the environment to be the biggest crisis facing their generation. So says a report by Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!), a group based in Santa Cruz, California Santa Cruz is the county seat and largest city of Santa Cruz County, California, United States.
As of the 2000 U.S. Census, Santa Cruz had a total population of 54,593. . YES! reports that most teens think environmental threats are too big and overwhelming to solve.
But as you'll see in Science World's sixth annual Environmental Almanac almanac, originally, a calendar with notations of astronomical and other data. Almanacs have been known in simple form almost since the invention of writing, for they served to record religious feasts, seasonal changes, and the like. , many teens are tackling environmental problems--from air pollution to endangered species endangered species, any plant or animal species whose ability to survive and reproduce has been jeopardized by human activities. In 1999 the U.S. government, in accordance with the U.S. . They're making a big difference--and so can you! Just in time for Earth Day '99 (April 22), the "activists" featured in each article share their creative solutions for protecting Earth.
How much do you know about the environment? Take our Enviro-Quiz, then hunt for the correct answers as you check out the articles, maps, graphs, and charts throughout the magazine.
ENVIRO-QUIZ Circle the correct answer.
Wildlife Habitats (pp. 6-8)
1. Habitat refers to a a. place to live and grow. b. zoo. c. vacation party spot. d. both a and c.
2. Which of the following is the biggest threat to animals living in the wild today? a. pollution b. hunting and poaching poaching: see cooking. c. habitat destruction d. disease
Composting (pp. 9-11)
3. Composting is a way of a. programming a computer. b. recycling food into fertilizer. c. cleaning up a beach or lake. d. writing new music.
4. Food scraps make up -- percent of the nation's waste. a. 5 b. 10 c. 50 d. 90
Air Pollution (pp. 12-14)
5. Which of the following pollutes the air? a. carbon monoxide carbon monoxide, chemical compound, CO, a colorless, odorless, tasteless, extremely poisonous gas that is less dense than air under ordinary conditions. It is very slightly soluble in water and burns in air with a characteristic blue flame, producing carbon dioxide; b. ozone c. carbon dioxide carbon dioxide, chemical compound, CO2, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is about one and one-half times as dense as air under ordinary conditions of temperature and pressure. d. all of the above
6. Cars produce -- percent of all air pollution in the United States. a. 10 b. 35 c. 60 d. 95
Rainforests (pp. 15-17)
7. Temperate rainforests in British Columbia, Canada, are disappearing at a rate of 15 truckloads an hour. a. True b. False
8. Rainforests are important because a. they're home to diverse species of plants and animals Plants and Animals are a Canadian indie-rock band from Montreal, comprised of guitarist-vocalists Warren Spicer and Nic Basque, and drummer-vocalist Matthew Woodley. They are signed to Secret City Records. . b. native people live there. c. their plants provide new medicines. d. all of the above.
Lead Pollution (pp. 18-19)
9. Too much lead in water can stunt a child's physical and mental development. a. True b. False
10. Most Americans' drinking water drinking water
supply of water available to animals for drinking supplied via nipples, in troughs, dams, ponds and larger natural water sources; an insufficient supply leads to dehydration; it can be the source of infection, e.g. leptospirosis, salmonellosis, or of poisoning, e.g. is a. harmful. b. safe. c. bottled. d. expensive.
ANSWERS TO ECO-QUIZ
1. a 2. c 3. b 4. b 5. d 6. c 7. a 8. d 9. a 10. b