Think you know the odd effects of global climate change? Take our quiz.

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Climate change conjures images of long, hot summers, melting ice caps and stranded polar bears. But as the weather gets stranger, so too does its effects on the environment, sometimes in the oddest of ways. How well do you know the signs of change?

Sea levels rose by roughly how many inches in the 20th century?

2

 

7

 

32

 

57

 

Warmer temperatures can have a peculiar effect on cold-blooded animals. Scientists have observed that an increase in temperatures from climate change has caused some fish, amphibians, and reptiles to:

Grow in size

 

Shrink in size

 

Eat more

 

Spontaneously combust

 

Shorter winters have had a negative impact on winter sports industries in some areas. To highlight the change, some clever winter athletes organized a:

Snowless ski race

 

Indoor bobsled competition

 

Artificial snowball fight

 

Sand dune sled race

 

During the “snowpocalypse” of 2011, we learned that extreme weather even has the ability to turn roads into parking lots. In what major US city were hundreds of motorists forced to abandon their vehicles after massive snowfall shut down a major urban artery?

Los Angeles

 

New York

 

Detroit

 

Chicago

 

The president of what island nation announced plans to buy more than 5,000 acres of land in Fiji in case rising waters force its 103,000 inhabitants to evacuate?

Barbados

 

Japan

 

Sri Lanka

 

Kiribati

 

The production of what tasty pancake topping is expected to decline slightly by the end of the century?

Maple syrup

 

Butter

 

Whipped cream

 

Chocolate chips

 

Melting glaciers in the Alps have left behind some interesting treasures from another time. What are they?

Dinosaur bones

 

World War I explosives

 

Old Twinkies

 

Roman coins

 

Northeastern birds that winter in the southern United States are returning north in the spring earlier than they did in the early 20th century. How many days earlier are they returning?

2

 

5

 

13

 

20

 

Over the course of one week in 2010, extreme monsoons dropped almost a decade’s worth of rain on Pakistan. The water was so slow to recede that millions of the nation’s spiders and insects were forced to:

Weave elaborate, dense cocoons of webs in trees above the stagnant water

 

Cling desperately to floating pieces of debris

 

Migrate en masse to neighboring Afghanistan

 

Learn to swim

 

What weather-related event forced a nuclear plant in Connecticut to power down in the summer?

Lightning from a major thunderstorm threatened to damage the nuclear reactor

 

High temperatures caused the plant’s source of cooling water to overheat

 

Massive floods prevented workers from accessing critical parts of the plant

 

High winds carried toxic gas emissions into nearby populated areas

 

As water temperatures rise, pink salmon have begun spawning earlier than previously recorded. Scientists have linked this change in behavior to:

Impatience

 

A change the salmon's diet

 

A change in the salmon's genes

 

A change in tidal patterns

 

The rate at which the Alps are growing is increasing. Name one reason why.

Rising global temperatures heat the earth’s crust, causing it to expand upward.

 

Increased levels of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere promotes healthy mountain growth.

 

Unusually heavy precipitation has increased the size of glaciers, making the mountains appear taller than they are.

 

The weight of glaciers dissipate as they melt, allowing the mountains to rise more quickly.

 

In the summer of 2012, a plane departing Reagan National Airport in Washington was delayed for what peculiar reason?

The plane became stuck in a patch of tarmac softened by the hot weather

 

A long dry spell left the planes wings brittle and cracked

 

A large flock of birds flying in an unusual migratory pattern blocked the plane’s flight path

 

Acid rain penetrated and damaged the plane’s electrical system

 

A prolonged drought in the Midwest has threatened the supply of what movie-viewing staple?

Popcorn

 

Goobers

 

3D glasses

 

Milk Duds

 

A 2011 survey by the British government found that extreme weather can negatively impact the range of what?

Hybrid cars

 

Solar panels

 

Wi-Fi internet access

 

Television remote controls

 

Because of this past winter’s unseasonably warm weather, Orkin, a pest-control company, reported a 30 percent increase in calls to treat what kind of pest infestation?

Spiders

 

Cockroaches

 

Ants

 

In-laws

 

The three-month period between June 2012 through August 2012 was one of the hottest on records for the planet. Where did it rank?

First

 

Second

 

Third

 

Fourth

 

A warmer climate, along with the infestation of a killer beetle, has threatened the future existence of the ash tree, which is vital to the production of:

Baseball bats

 

Pianos

 

Canoes

 

Log cabins

 

By about how much did Earth's average temperature increase over the past century?

1.4 degrees Farenheit

 

2 degrees Farenheit

 

5 degrees Farenheit

 

10 degrees Farenheit

 

Due to greater levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, surface ocean waters are becoming:

less acidic

 

more acidic

 

bluer

 

saltier

 

Which decade was the warmest on record?

1850 to 1860

 

1950 to 1960

 

1990 to 2000

 

2000 to 2010

 

2011 saw an increase in extreme weather-related events, which means higher rates for homeowner insurance. Insurance companies are predicting rates will rise by how much in 2012?

5 percent

 

10 percent

 

20 percent

 

50 percent

 

Due to unusually warm temperatures, the US National Park Service twice changed the projected date for the peak period of what 100-year tradition?

The National Cherry Blossom Festival

 

The Colorado Crabapple Convention

 

The Flowering Dogwood Hoedown

 

The American Magnolia Festival

 

In the next 100 years, scientists predict global warming may do what to the deep waters in the Atlantic Ocean?

Turn them a darker shade of green

 

Bring them to a boil

 

Reverse the flow of their currents

 

Increase their salt content

 

What was the hottest month in recorded history in the US?

August 2011

 

July 2010

 

July 2012

 

June 2009

 

As their habitats melt, polar bears are learning a new skill out of necessity: long-distance swimming. How far have scientists observed them swimming without resting?

1 mile

 

10 miles

 

20 miles

 

30 miles

 

A rise in what kind of attacks in India may be the indirect result of global warming?

Elephant

 

Bear

 

Tiger

 

Panic

 

It looks like that growing cloud of C02 gas may have a silver lining after all. Which of the following is considered a potentially beneficial result of climate change?

The new, shorter sea routes allow for easier trade between Europe and Asia, according to the Guardian.

Volatile weather kills off mosquitoes and other pests

 

Higher sea levels lead to an increase in scenic coastline

 

The opening of new trade routes as the Arctic thaws

 

Drier weather means fewer muggy, humid days a year

 

Because of rising carbon dioxide levels, trees are:

Growing faster

 

Dying faster

 

Turning greener

 

Migrating early

 

The changing climate affects human behavior as much as it does that of animals and plants. Heat waves, for example, have been linked to an increase in:

Violent crime

 

Narcolepsy

 

Mass layoffs

 

Bieber fever