Environmental Issues

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In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol treaty was signed by

191 nations, not including the United States.

Which of the following is the best description of fresh water as a natural resource?

limited and vulnerable

Which of the following happens when fossil fuels are burned?

Carbon dioxide and other pollutants are released into the air.

Which of the following most contributes to soil erosion?


Which of the following do scientists claim is evidence of climate change?

rising global temperatures

The 1974 Congressional Safe Drinking Water Act

empowered the EPA to protect groundwater in the United States.

One problem that arises with monitoring freshwater supplies is that

it can take years to detect pollution in underground water.

In addition to enforcing such legislation as the Clean Water Act,

the EPA has programs in place to help US consumers and industries use less water.

Which of the following best describes the function of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?

to enforce laws that restrict land, water, and air pollution

Why is the idea of climate change controversial?

Not everyone agrees on its causes or its possible solutions.

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