AP Environmental Science : Politics and Global Warming

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Environmental Science

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Politics And Global Warming

Which of the following class of pollutants has the greatest negative effect of the ozone layer?

Possible Answers:

Heavy particulate matter

CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons)

NxOs (nitrous oxides)

Sulfurous Compounds

Correct answer:

CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons)

Explanation:

CFCs are classically known to be extremely degrading to the ozone layer, so much so that CFCs were banned by the united states in the 1970s in hopes of curbing the expanding of the hole in the ozone layer. CFC's are also very prolific in the stratosphere, which is where the ozone layer resides.

Example Question #2 : Politics And Global Warming

Which of the following greenhouse gasses is not controlled under the Kyoto Protocol?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Although  is still technically a greenhouse gas, it is not currently controlled under the Kyoto Protocol due to its inherent nature of being predominately produced naturally. Another reason for this is that water vapor is difficult to track, as it is typically a non-point source of greenhouse gas. Most non-point sources of pollution or waste are normally not controlled under environmental law at this time.

Example Question #3 : Politics And Global Warming

__________ is a politician who believes strongly in climate change and is responsible for the documentary, The Inconvenient Truth

Possible Answers:

Al Gore

Newt Gingrich 

George Bush 

Paul Ryan 

Correct answer:

Al Gore

Explanation:

Al Gore is passionate about climate change and aims to educate citizens about the cause. In 2006, he helped create a documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, which has been credited for raising public awareness. This documentary has also been included in some school's curriculums. 

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