Recently, scientists revealed that ice in the Andes mountains that had taken 1,600 years to form had melted in 25.

Many say evidence like that shows global warming is real.

With Earth Day on Monday, it’s a great opportunity to think about how the way we live affects the planet and consider making changes that are more environmentally friendly.

Current trivia champ Dana Mathis is going up against Craig Elton.


1. When was the first Earth Day?

2. What book helped launch the modern environmental movement and led to the widespread ban of DDT?

3. Name the recently retired NASA scientist who famously said that extracting the tar sands oil in Canada for the Keystone XL pipeline would be “game over” for the planet.

4. What percent of the world’s population is without safe drinking water?

5. What 1997 global agreement to reduce greenhouse gases was signed by every major country in the world except the United States?

6. What are the three R’s of waste management?

7. Name the island nation that is just 8 feet above sea level and whose ousted president tried to call the world’s attention to the dangers of climate change.

8. What state had an oil spill from an Exxon Mobil pipeline at the end of March?

9. How much of our air pollution comes from motor vehicles: 20 percent, 30 percent or 50 percent?

10. Who is the founder of the environmental organization


1. 1978

2. I’m drawing a blank.

3. I think Hansen is his last name.

4. Um, 20?

5. The Oslo Conference. I just made that up.

6. Recycle. Reuse. Re ... something.

7. Seychelles?

8. Arkansas. I saw pictures of oil in people’s driveways.

9. Let’s say 30 percent

10. Bill McKibben. I think he spoke at the Sottile last year.


1. 1985

2. “Silent Spring”

3. James Hansen

4. Probably a high number; 35 percent.

5. Kyoto Conference or Protocol. Can’t remember which.

6. Reduce, recycle and reuse

7. The Maldives

8. Arkansas, near Little Rock.

9. 50

10. Bill McKibben


With only a couple of falters, Craig took his first Head2Head title. As the new champion, he’ll be back next week to defend the crown.


1. 1970

2. “Silent Spring,” by Rachel Carson.

3. James Hansen

4. 11 percent

5. Kyoto Protocol

6. Reduce, reuse and recycle

7. Maldives

8. Arkansas

9. 50 percent

10. Bill McKibben