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National Environmental Issues and Solutions

Lynanne Reed

I thought a crossword puzzle would be a fun way to revisit some of the environmental themes, legislation, policies, ideas, challenges and technologies that are important to us in our every day lives.

human body heat The placement of CO2 into a repository in such a way that it will remain permanently sequestered. Efforts are focused on two categories of repositories: geologic formations and terrestrial ecosystems.
NETL _____ _____ refers to the number of individuals who can be supported in a given area within natural resource limits, and without degrading the natural social, cultural and economic environment for present and future generations.
Coastal Estuarine Land Conservation Today, ______ ______ pollution (diffuse sources of runoff from lawns, roadways, farms, constructions sites and leaking septic tanks) poses the largest threat to coastal water quality in the United States.
Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Ozone occurs naturally in the _____________ and is produced and destroyed at a constant rate.
Endangered Species Act _____ _____ support more species per unit area than any other marine environment, including about 4,000 species of fish, 800 species of hard corals and hundreds of other species. Scientists estimate that there may be another 1 to 8 million undiscovered species of organisms living in and around them.
rock oil Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides, that contain potentially ______ ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.
incineration ___________ are the most commonly recycled products in the United States.
Louisiana The Chairman of the Senate's Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
coke Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute __ percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. That's a lot of waste to send to landfills when it could become useful and environmentally beneficial compost instead!
Ozone Author of Silent Spring
Timber Wolf Comes in disposable and rechargeable varieties.
batteries ______ your lawn in the early morning to avoid evaporation. Repair dripping faucets.
Brownfields In 2003, 130 million scrap ____s were used as fuel, up from 25.9 million in 1991. They can be used as fuel either in shredded form - known as ____ derived fuel (TDF) - or whole, depending on the type of combustion device.
Environment A ______ is a person who studies the ways that groundwater (hydro) moves through the soil and rock of the earth (geology).
geothermal ____ is a solid carbon made from coal. It is used to make steel. Another type, petroleum ____, is a refined product often burned to generate electricity.
paper Your world, surroundings, and source of life and health.
recycle Abbreviation for the lab owned and operated by the U.S. DOE that supports their mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States and is the only U.S. national laboratory devoted to fossil energy research.
Jeff Bingaman Tropical deforestation also affects the local climate of an area by reducing the _______ cooling that takes place from both soil and plant life.
hydrologist ________ takes up the most space in landfills.
windmill What a pile of decayed food scraps, leaves and grass turn into.
Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Gases that trap heat in the atmosphere are referred to as _______ gases.
Stratosphere To decrease the amount of trash you throw away.
asbestos Worldwide, 5 to 80 million species of plants and animals comprise the ______ of planet Earth.
Greenhouse Sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are the main pollutants that cause this
Coral Reefs Unlike traditional combustion systems, ______ systems produce energy using a battery-like electrochemical process. When used to power vehicles or generate electricity, fuel cells emit virtually no pollution or greenhouse gases.
twenty-three To collect used materials to make into new products rather than throwing them away.
Rachel Carson We best know Potential of Hydrogen by these initials
Nonpoint source This partnership seeks to develop worldwide consensus on enabling expanded use of economical, carbon-free nuclear energy to meet growing electricity demand. (four words)
Watershed You can't see it, you can't smell it or taste it, but it may be an indoor pollution problem in your home.
Earth Day The DOE has found that a repository at ________ _________ brings together the location, natural barriers, and design elements most likely to protect the health and safety of the public, including those Americans living in the immediate vicinity, now and long into the future.
IPCC First celebrated on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated in what is known as the largest grassroots environmental movement in U.S. history!
carbon sequestration Water percolating through landfills produces ______, which may contain undesirable or toxic chemicals.
amphibians Fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas that are used to manufacture products and heat our homes, come from the ________.
Environmental Justice Someone who studies surface water.
Compost A _____ is a technology that traps pollutants and keeps them from escaping into the air. In an electric power plant trap sulfur that is produced from burning coal or natural gas.
yellowcake ________ ________ is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
Environmental Protection Agency _____ _____ is low density, automobile dependent development beyond the edge of service and employment areas. It is ubiquitous and its effects are impacting the quality of life in every region of America, in our large cities and small towns.
Water I am a herpetologist. What do I study?
biodiversity It's what the word petroleum means
Hydrogen Recycling conserves ___________ for the future.
PH Electricity that is partially or fully generated from environmentally preferable renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass (the combustion of organic materials such as wood or straw), biogas (the combustion of naturally produced methane), or low-impact hydro.
Yucca Mountain If the current rate of _______ continues, the world's rain forests will vanish within 100 years-causing unknown effects on global climate and eliminating the majority of plant and animal species on the planet.
Urban Sprawl _____- are abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.
scrubber The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), a bureau of the Department of the Interior, is responsible for listing, delisting, and reclassifying those plant and animal species that are at risk of becoming extinct protected by this act passed in 1973.
reduce What is used to heat Minnesota’s Mall of America in winter?
deforestation This program falls under Section 6217 of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA), is jointly administered by NOAA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and establishes a set of management measures for states to use in controlling polluted runoff.
Wetlands Breathing _______ _____ can be harmful to children's health including asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), bronchitis and pneumonia and ear infections.
Radon unscramble this word for a type of renewable energy - THOGLAMEER
hydrogeologist This gas is 'Good Up High, Bad Nearby'
secondhand smoke The Chesapeake Bay ______ is a nursery for several important species of fish, such as white perch, striped bass, and herring. Also known as the land areas through which water flows and drains to the lowest point, in a stream, river, lake, or bay.
hazardous Another name for uranium oxide, named for its color and texture. After uranium is mined and separated from ore, it is made into this and shipped to a conversion plant for more processing. Uranium must first be converted into a gaseous form and then go through a long process of
evaporative Awareness week for this endangered species is held each year in October; unscramble the name (moiW ebTrfl)
Green Power An alarming 80% of all coastal wetlands loss in the continental United States occurs in this state. In the past 50 years, more than 1,500 square miles have been lost.
leachate Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the thin membranes lining the lungs, chest, and abdominal cavity. Almost all cases are linked to prior occupational _______ exposure.
resources From regulating auto emissions to banning the use of DDT; from cleaning up toxic waste to protecting the ozone layer; from increasing recycling to revitalizing inner-city brownfields, this agency's achievements have resulted in cleaner air, purer water, and better protected land. They will celebrate their 38th annivesary on December 2, 2008.
tire These can be marshes, swamps, or areas found between dry land and water along the edges of streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, and coastlines. They are important because they act as a filter and remove pollutants from the water.
newspapers unscramble this word for a type of renewable energy - DNMLILW
acid rain The ____ and ____ ____ ______ Program protects coastal and estuarine lands considered important for their conservation, recreation, ecologic, historic or aesthetic values by providing funding to purchase significant coastal and estuarine lands, or conservation easements on these lands, from willing sellers.
Carrying capacity Along with Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize winner for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.
Earth This is what controlled burning is called

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