#1. In 2020 global powerhouse China set its first-ever target for NetZero. But what date did it set?
Yep – that’s right. 2060, it’s not crazy ambitious but it’s great that China finally has a target! It also has massive implications for how the rest of the world is going to decarbonise.
#2. Earlier in 2020, the concentration of which greenhouse gas (up to 80x more potent than CO2) reached an all-time high?
The concentration of methane reached nearly 1875 parts per billion, the highest level since record-keeping began in 1983.
#3. Greta Thunberg burned Donald Trump with his own tweet on November 5th when Mr Trump was having a hissy fit over the election results. But what did she advise him to do?
It was “Go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend” the full quote: “So ridiculous. Donald must work on his Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Donald, Chill!”.
#4. How many of an estimated 8 million species on earth are at risk of extinction?
Up to 1 million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species on Earth are at risk of extinction — many of them within decades — according to scientists and researchers who produced a sweeping U.N. report on how humanity’s burgeoning growth is putting the world’s biodiversity at perilous risk.
#5. Between 1998 and 2018 only one sighting of a blue whale had been made in the native whale habitat. But in February 2020, a research team documented 58 blue whale sightings. Where was habitat?
it was South Georgia. More than 42,000 blue whales were killed around South Georgia between 1904 and 1971, and by the end of whaling only 0.15% of blue whale populations remained. Sightings of blue whales were so rare in Southern waters that it was believed that they would soon be extinct. – THEY ARE BACK – Woooohoo!!
#6. Which of these countries was NOT one of the fourteen nations that pledged in December 2020 to sustainably manage 100% of their oceans?
The leaders of Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal and Ocean Panel co-chairs Norway and Palau released the Transformations for a Sustainable Ocean Economy: A Vision for Protection, Production and Prosperity. These world leaders understand that the ocean is central to life on earth, peoples’ livelihoods and the economy, but also recognize that the ocean’s health is at risk from pressures such as pollution, overfishing and climate change.
The United Kingdom is sadly not one of the countries leading the way to sustain healthier, more prosperous oceans.
#7. In April 2020, as the effects of coronavirus were sweeping across the globe, something remarkable happened to oil...
In April 2020, for the first time in history, the price of oil went negative. To -$37 a barrel. As demand for oil slipped, oil companies ran out of storage space. So, they were paying companies to take it off their hands.
#8. The UK government was scrutinised for its '10 point climate plan' which pledged significantly less money than is being pledged for carbon-intensive products like new roads and HS2. One positive was moving forward of the date of the end of petrol and diesel cars sales. What year has this been moved from and to?
#9. In November 2020 Joe Biden was named President-elect of the United States of America, but what is the amount of funding proposed for his climate plan?
Joe Biden’s environmental pledge is set to cost $2 trillion and will be the most extensive climate policy ever seen in the US.
#10. The wealthiest 10% of the world's population consume ___ times more energy than the poorest 10%?
The richest 10 percent (approx. 630 million people) accounted for over half (52 percent) of the carbon dioxide emissions. The richest one percent accounted for 15 percent of emissions — more than twice that of the poorest half of humanity (7 percent, British charity Oxfam said in a report
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