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Manic Panic: Your enviro-PANIQuiz for the week

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The ApocaDocs, Jim and Michael, present the Pre-Apocalypse News & Info Quiz (PANIQuiz) for the week
beginning Monday, Jan 3, 2011, to test your knowledge of current environmental news.

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This Week's PANIQuestions (Answers below):

1. How is India making up for their chronic water shortages, according to experts?

a. "Seeding clouds to make rain."
b. "Dying of thirst, thus reducing number of thirsty."
c. "Drinking urine filtered through tube socks."
d. "Importing water from nearby Pakistan."
e. "The world's largest groundwater mining operation."

2. What is contributing to the unusual (10-12 degrees above normal) temperatures in Nunavut?

a. Republicans.
b. A lack of sea ice in the Arctic.
c. A new coal-fired plant.
d. Anxiety over polar bears.
e. Angry eskimoes.

3. What does a new study say about bees?

a. They are edible.
b. Bats are snorting them like cocaine.
c. They are recovering.
d. They continue to die-off, some species now 90 percent gone.
e. Bumblebees will soon be bumblebeen.

4. By analyzing multiple studies, what did a scientist recently conclude about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

a. It is congealing into a concentrated mass.
b. It is now a new ecosystem, with PVC-based lifeforms emerging.
c. It is 1.5 percent condoms.
d. The gyre has so far spelled out "H" and "E" and the world waits with 'bated breath.
e. It may only be the size of Connecticut or New Jersey.

5. What did a leading reinsurer say about the extreme natural catastrophes of 2010?

a. They "make for good television."
b. They "are East Anglia fictions, writ large."
c. They are "further indications of advancing climate change."
d. They are "signs of an evil force at work."
e. They "are proof of nothing by hyperbole."

6. What "dangerous" thing was found in a shipment of rice at Los Angeles International Airport?

a. A Frank khapra beetle
b. A lemony fresh pine beetle
c. A mountain pine beetle
d. A mountain fresh pine beetle
e. A khapra beetle

7. The EPA now requires companies to test 19 chemicals. About how many more remain to be tested?

a. 24,000
b. 84,000
c. 4,000
d. 44,000
e. 64,000

8. What was made clear in a study comparing pre-industrial, current, and future levels of ocean acidity and shellfish growth?

a. The shellfish started bickering about how bright their shells were.
b. The one in the middle believed that everything was just fine.
c. The tiny future shellfish insisted that the economy took priority over ecology.
d. Shellfish at pre-industrial level shellfish grew larger than current levels, meaning ocean acidity is already hurting life.
e. We're going to have to hold 'em back if we hit 700 ppm.

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