Test Your Knowledge
Changes in our environment affect us all. With a changing climate affect our lives and our ecosystems, it’s important to keep on top of new facts and information.
The more we are aware of existing environmental facts, the better placed we are to take the necessary action to make sure our environment is protected.
So test your knowledge to see what things you didn’t know you needed to know!
#1. Which hurricane is the strongest on record in the Bahamas?
Hurricane Dorian. Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas at a Category 5, with wind speeds of 185 mph and storm surge of up to 23 feet, becoming the strongest recorded hurricane in the Bahamas’ history. It is also one of the strongest hurricanes to ever affect the Atlantic region.
#2. How many trees does it take to provide a day’s supply of oxygen for 4 people?
A 1. According to North Carolina State University, one large tree is able to supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people. Trees are also able to absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
#3. Caribbean countries heavily use their natural resources such as sunlight, wind and wave energy from oceans to meet energy demands.
False. Most islands heavily depend on imported fossil fuels for the majority of their energy requirements for electricity production. In the Caribbean, petroleum imports are responsible for more than 75% of primary energy demand.
#4. Caribbean and other Small Island nations are the biggest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions in the world.
False. Due to their size and location, Caribbean and Island Nations contribute the least (less than 1%) to Greenhouse Gas emissions, while being the most vulnerable to their long term impacts through climate change.
#5. What percentage of homeowners or families have a disaster preparedness and evacuation plan in The Bahamas?
None of the Above. We don’t have an exact answer to that question. A survey conducted in 2020 for a King’s College London research project with 100 respondents found that 55% of respondents said they did not have a disaster and evacuation plan in place for their household. Although the survey pool is too small to make a general statement, it is inferred that too large a percentage of households do not have a plan in place.
#6. Which of the following are consequences associated with climate change?
All of the above. All of these are problems associated with climate change. Extreme weather events, droughts, heat waves, and rising sea levels will have devastating effects on the world’s poorest countries and communities like those in the Caribbean.
#7. Which natural hazard is the most widespread or frequently occurring globally?
Floods. Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires.
#8. Climate Change is already happening, so doing nothing is the best strategy.
False. Inaction is VERY COSTLY! Increased hurricane damages, loss of tourism revenue and infrastructural damage alone could cost the Caribbean region upwards of US$10.7 Billion by 2025. We must take immediate development actions to withstand the extreme weather conditions influenced by climate change to improve resilience.
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