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This problem, if eliminated, would eliminate many of the problems we now have -- energy, materials, food, pollution. What problem is it?
population
This is our biggest environmental problem. When people don't work, life for them deteriorates and it deteriorates the environment. What is it?
poverty
When we let soil, fertilizers, sewage, trash, and chemicals run into our rivers, lakes and ocean, we harm aquatic life and poison food we eat. What is it?
Water pollution
When we dump oil and chemicals on the ground and bury waste in landfills we create two problems. What are they?
soil pollution
groundwater pollution
When we burn fossil fuels, set forests on fire, burn trash, we create this problem. What is it?
air pollution
When we burn fossil fuels, we emit carbon dioxide. By raising meat, we emit lots of methane. These are greenhouse gases. What problem are we contributing to?
Climate Change (some call it global warming, but it's not always a warming that is occurring)
Explosions of drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico; Shipwreck of the Exxon Valdez; These things seem bad at the time, but can actually be repaired pretty quickly. What problem is this?
oil spills
E.O. Wilson said, "Burning our rainforests is like burning a library without ever reading any of the books." What problem is he eluding to?
Loss of biodiversity
Clearing rainforests and North American forests to make way for agriculture and suburban development is a bad idea that leads to massive soil erosion. What do we call this problem?
Deforestation
When every scrap of dung, vegetation, and biomatter is removed from the ground, it can lead to this, if continued. What is it?
Desertification
The turning of productive land into desert is called....
desertification
When the ground is not covered with vegetation or mulch or protected from the wind, the soil moves. This problem is called.....
soil erosion
We have a major problem with the types of energy we use the most of. The fossil fuels we so much rely on are said to be....
non-renewable
One of the big problems with ___________ energy types, which are mostly active and passive solar varieties, is getting people to make the initial investment in them.
renewable
We buy a lot of products that are not made to last and which we just don't need -- not to mention all the packaging they have. What problem are we talking about?
Over-consumption; materialism;
Built-in obsolescence;
Lack of Recycling
Because of the lack of family planning in mostly developing countries, caused by poverty, families are becoming large, putting a huge strain on the environment. What problem is this.
exponential population growth