Think climate change is an esoteric topic that most CFOs need not ponder often? Think again. This fall, Clorox tied the compensation of its CEO, CFO, and other executives to meeting environmental, social, and governance goals. At the same time, nearly half of companies are falling short of sustainability targets, a Bain study found. Brush up on your climate change knowledge with the quiz below.

1. What percentage of greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans is a result of deforestation?
A. 5%
B. 4%
C. 10%
D. 20%

2. Which of these actions has NOT been taken by the Trump administration?
A. Revoked an Obama executive order that set a goal of cutting the federal government’s greenhouse gas emissions over 10 years
B. Revised and partially repealed an Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions on public lands
C. Scrapped a proposed rule that would have required mining companies to prove they could pay to clean up future pollution
D. Proposed repealing the Endangered Species Act and leaving protection of near-extinct species to the states

3. The Paris Climate Agreement, which the United States has informed the United Nations it is pulling out of, would have required reducing harmful emissions by what percentage (below 2005 levels) in the next 6 years?
A. 10%-12%
B. 40%-42%
C. 26%-28%
D. 50%-52%

4. Methane plays a major role in the greenhouse effect and has an impact substantially greater than CO2. Which of the below is a source of methane?
A. Charcoal combustion
B. Livestock production systems
C. Anaerobic decomposition in natural wetlands
D. All of the above

5. Which was the warmest year on record, measured by Earth’s average surface temperature?
A. 2018
B. 2016
C. 2001
D. 2014

6. Which country has the largest installed wind energy capacity?
A. United States
B. Norway
C. China
D. Ireland

7. Government and corporate R&D money allocated to renewable energy globally rose 10% in 2018. What was the dollar amount?
A. $300 million
B. $13 billion
C. $4 billion
D. $100 million

Answers: 1-C; 2-D; 3-C; 4-D; 5-B; 6-C; 7-B

Sources: Conservation International, The New York Times, NASA, United Nations, International Institute for Sustainable Development

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One response to “The Heat Is On: The Quiz”

  1. But, of course, the ONLY groups that think climate warming is an established fact and accepted by scientists are politicians and journalists … two groups who are dumber than average about science. Not because they’re stupid people, but because they’re ideology-driven instead of fact-driven.
    The truth is that – even among climate scientists – there is, as there should be, a lively debate about the accuracy of a “proven science” that has NEVER had one of its forecasts actually happen as predicted by theory. And as Richard Feynman said, “It doesn’t matter how elegant your theory is, if it can’t make an accurate prediction, it’s WRONG.”
    That pretty well describes the climate cult, which was mostly launched by scientists who want to be on the side of the question that motivates the government to give research grants.

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