Say goodbye to the 2000s! As we enter a new era, we take a look back at the decade that was. There were tragedies (9/11, Hurricane Katrina, space shuttle Columbia), triumphs (Human Genome Project completion, Boston's World Series win, first African-American President), the bizarre (Pluto's demotion), and the Internet (blogs, Google, Facebook, iPhone).
The past ten years have also featured an enormous number of environmental stories that will have huge implications on the coming decades. Were you watching the 2000s through an eco-lens? Take this quiz and find out.
(Hate quizzes? Skip straight to the answers.)
The Hummer's demise signaled an end to an era of the gas-guzzling vehicle. Between 2007 and 2008, Hummer sales dropped by just over
In 2001, a Gallup poll found that 30 percent of Americans thought the seriousness of global warming was "exaggerated." In March 2009, that percentage had since _______.
Which of these honors did Al Gore not receive this past decade?
an Academy Award
Time magazine's Person of the Year
the Nobel Peace Prize
Which of these national parks was established in the 2000s?
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado
Biscayne National Park in Florida
Saguaro National Park in Arizona
Congaree National Park in South Carolina
Which of these species definitely did not become extinct during the past decade?
The Baiji Dolphin
The Western Black Rhino
The Tooth Cave Pseudoscorpion
The Spix's Macaw
The Hawaiian Crow
Who said "We're spending money on clean coal technology. Do you realize we've got 250 million years of coal?"
George W. Bush
According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Arctic sea ice is now declining at a rate of just over ___ percent per decade, relative to the 1979 to 2000 average.
The 2000 Olympics were in Australia. In 2004, they were in Greece. In 2008, they took place in China. Of the three countries, which has the worst greenhouse-gas emissions per capita?
In 2009, the rate of deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest was much ___ than in 2000.
In July 2000, gas prices were roughly how much?
$1.00 per gallon
$1.50 per gallon
$2.00 per gallon
$2.50 per gallon