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Eco Quiz MCity Quiz Forum & Eco Group Chennai Presents 5 PM, 5th June, 2014 Pisa, B5 (GF) By Parthiben


Quiz themed on environment, wildlife conservation, current news etc.

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Eco Quiz

MCity Quiz Forum & Eco Group ChennaiPresents

5 PM,

5th June, 2014

Pisa, B5 (GF)

By Parthiben

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▪ Clockwise Round – 20 questions

▪ Anti-Clockwise Rounds - 15 questions

▪ All questions are open on pounce.

▪ Quiz Masters decision is final.

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Clockwise Round

20 questions

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1. Connect

When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the _______ of the _______.

- Old Native American Prophecy

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Warriors of the Rainbow

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2. What’s being described here ?

▪ Step 1: Releases a length of thread in the wind.

▪ Step 2: If it feels that the thread has caught onto something, it clinches up the thread and attaches it to its starting point.

▪ Step 3: It walks across the bridge thread, releasing a looser thread below it.

▪ Step 4: It climbs to the center of the loose thread and lowers itself down on a vertical thread to form a Y-shape.

▪ Step 5: It lays more frame threads between various anchor points as it walks along the structural threads.

▪ Step 6: It lays out radius threads from the center to the frames.

▪ Step 7: It lays more non-stick thread to form an auxiliary spiral, extending from the center to the outer edge.

▪ Step 8: It spirals inward, laying out sticky thread and using the auxiliary spiral as reference.

▪ Step 9: The result is what we all know.


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Construction process of spider web

▪ Step 9: The result is a web with non-sticky radius threads, for getting around, and a sticky spiral for catching bugs.


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3. Identify the famous actor X

▪ The world's first tiger summit happened inSt.Petersburg in the year 2010 which is also year oftiger in Chinese Lunar Calendar.

▪ 29th July has been declared as International TigerDay (Global Tiger Day ) in the same summit.

▪ Russian PM Vladimir Putin has praised X as "a realman" for his persistence in getting to aSt.Petersburg to attend the summit.

▪ X’s first plane was forced to make an emergencylanding after losing an engine, while a second hadto stop after encountering strong headwinds.

▪ "I would like to thank you for coming despite all theobstacles," Mr Putin told X at the conference.

▪ X has donated $1m to help support anti-poachingefforts.

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4. Identify this “Queen of Ranthambore” ?

▪ ______(T-16), the royal tigress is the most famed in India and is exclusively the pride of Ranthambore National Park.

▪ This 17 years old tigress has captivated millions of nature lovers over the years. Not only is she the oldest wild tiger alive in the world, she is the most photographed and starred in several wildlife films.

▪ Her legendary fight with 14 foot long crocodile has really created a history and it was the first time since such an encounter has been recorded and filmed. There are half a dozen Facebook pages calling her "The Queen of Ranthambore", "The Lady of the Lake", "The Legendary Tigress".

▪ UK-based Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT) gave her a lifetime achievement award, estimating that she alone brought in over 100 million dollars to Ranthambore in the past decade.

▪ A commemorative postal cover was released by the Indian government in 2013.

▪ She is named so since she has the fish shaped marking on the left part of her face.

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5. Identify X

▪ ‘We are going to make a documentary about saving the remaining 700 mountain gorillas. I wouldn’t say I am like X, but I suppose I am treading where she trod.’ - Anna Friel

Clue: Next Slide

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Dian Fossey

▪ Fossey studied mountain gorillas in these regions for 18 years before she was murdered by poachers in 1985.

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6. Identify the National Carrier ?

Clue: Next Slide

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Papua New Guinea

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7. Why are they called so ?

The Megapodes are unique birds that lives on mainly in Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, and in other Pacific Islands. They are referred to as

i)Thermometer birds

ii)Mound builders

iii)Incubator birds

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▪ They are the only known birds which use heat sources especially volcanic heat/geothermal activity/ sun-warmed beaches/rotting vegetation, other than the body, to incubate their eggs.

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8. Connect


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Cabinet Meetings, 2010


1. Underwater Cabinet MeetingsThe government of the Maldives has held a cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the threat of global warming to the low-lying Indian Ocean nation.

2. Worlds Highest Cabinet MeetingsThe Nepali Government's historical high-altitude cabinet meeting was held on the base camp at Kalapatthar(foothills of Mt. Everest) to draw the global community's attention toward climate change and its impact on melting Himalayas.

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9. Why the number 1600 was chosen?

▪ French sculptor Paulo Grangeon's long-running traveling exhibit, Pandas on Tour, features 1600 papier-mâché pandas.

▪ Launched in 2008 in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, Grangeon’s project has traveled to landmarks in more than 20 countries, including the Eiffel Tower.

▪ This June marks its first foray into Hong Kong, where the pandas will visit such hotspots as Hong Kong International Airport and the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island.

Pic: Next Slide

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Only 1,600 pandas exists in the wild

▪ A 4-year survey was completed in 2004 and counted 1,600 pandas in the wild.

▪ After being asked by the WWF, Grangenon created the 1,600 pandas from recycled paper - to represent the actual amount of real pandas left in the world.

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10. FITB

▪ The United States Marines have their bulldogs and the Army has their mules, but the Norwegian Royal Guard has a mascot a little more accustomed to colder temperatures: Nils Olav, a ________who is also a Colonel-in-Chief and a knight.

▪ Nils Olav has been an honorary member and mascot of the Norwegian King's Guard since 1972. Over the years, he has been promoted through the ranks after being adopted by Royal Guard who visited the zoo.

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King Penguin

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11. i) Ad about ii) Identify the advertiser.

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Earth Day, Durex

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▪ X is an extremely remote, tiny island in the Andaman and Nicobar Island group, and is home to about 300 X hornbills, a species that is found nowhere else in the world.

▪ The Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) consisting of a number of wildlife scientists including Divya Mudappa and TR Shankar Raman have highlighted that : "The X Hornbill is found as a single population of less than some 350 birds endemic to and exclusively found on the tiny (681 ha) island of X. This small and unique island harbors the world's only population of this hornbill species.

▪ Studies by the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore, suggested that this number represented a decline from around 400 individuals earlier. The small and possibly declining population of this species requires highest protection," they said in the letter.

▪ In 2012, the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) has rejected the proposal by the Indian Coast Guard to erect a RADAR installation on X Island in the Andamans.

Pic: Next Slide

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Narcondam Hornbill

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13. How these artworks are made ?

▪ Every year these artworks are showcased during the month of January in Rajasthan.

▪ Some of these artwork can take up to three years to create.

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Hair Art at Bikaner Camel Festival

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14. Complete the list

▪ Nilgiri, 2000

▪ Gulf of Mannar, 2001

▪ Sunderban, 2001

▪ Nanda Devi, 2004

▪ Nokrek, 2009

▪ Pachmarhi, 2009

▪ Similipal, 2009

▪ Achanakmar-Amarkantak, 2012

▪ ____________ , 2013

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Great NicobarBiosphere Reserves of India

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15. ‘X Into The Unknown’

▪ X geared up for this summer's World Cup in Brazil, by exploring the country's Amazon for a special BBC documentary.

▪ In this special 1x90 documentary film, X flies 5,000 miles from London to South America, staying briefly in Rio de Janeiro and then on to Manaus in the heart of the rainforest. From there he and his friends Derek White and Dave Gardner travel by motorbike and boat, guided by locals as they visit the tiny community of Angelin, cross the river Negro to the banks of the Cuieras River and travel deeper into the rainforest to meet the remote Yanomami tribe.

▪ Identify the famous British personality.

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David Beckham

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16. Following the trend

▪ This is a picture of a Ring Tailed Lemur called Bekily in London Zoo, which went viral this year.

▪ Why ?

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It’s a selfie

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17. Google Doodle for ?

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107th birth anniversary of Rachel Louise CarsonAmerican marine biologist, author and conservationist

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18. Identify X and Y

▪ Pench National Park is situated in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh in India. It derives its name from the Pench River that flows through the National park from north to south dividing the park into almost equal western and eastern halves- the well forested areas of Seoni and Chhindwara districts respectively.

▪ This park is also famously called as X Land, since its the original setting for Y.

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X – MowgliY – The Jungle Book

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19. Identify her famous work ?

▪ Greenpeace USA announced recently(May, 2014) that Annie Leonard, a veteran environmental campaigner and the creator of the influential 2007 web video ____________, will become the organization’s next executive director.

▪ Leonard began her career at Greenpeace International in 1988 and is returning now to help the organization inspire and mobilize millions of people to take action to create a more sustainable future together.

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▪ If you stare at one of Cornelia Hesse-Honegger’s watercolors long enough, you’ll notice something’s a little bit off with the insects she depicts. There’s a bent antennae or a crumpled wing—the deformities make it clear to the viewer that this bug is not “normal.

▪ A Zurich-based artist and scientific illustrator, Hesse-Honegger has been peering into microscopes and drawing malformed insects for decades. She got her start working is an illustrator at an entomology lab at the University of Zurich in the 1960s, where she drew flies and other insects that had been exposed to different mutagens, such as x-rays and ethyl methanesulfonate (a compound similar to Agent Orange).

▪ But, perhaps her most famous work started in 1986. Honegger went looking for her preferred bugs first in Sweden and then in southern Switzerland.

▪ From where she collects the bugs for her controversial study ?

Pic: Next Slide

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She Collects "truebugs" living near nuclear facilities

▪ Conventional wisdom holds that nuclear power stations don’t leak enough radiation to create mutants. But in some locations, Hesse-Honegger discovered mutations, such as asymmetrical wings and eye-cysts, in as many as 30 per cent of the bugs she gathered. "For me," she says, "the mutated bugs were like prototypes of a future nature.“

▪ Sweden and Switzerland are regions under the Chernobyl cloud

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Anti-Clockwise Round

15 questions

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21.Funda & Narrator

▪ <Freeze> Audio

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David AttenboroughCommentary for Curling in Sochi Olympics

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22. What did he suggest ? (Y)

▪ Bhabua is district headquarters of Bihar’s Kaimur district.

▪ District Magistrate of Kaimur, Arvind Kumar Singh came up an idea which was inspired from Jaipur.

▪ In the month of September last, Singh convened a meeting of elected representatives and prominent citizens of the town and decision was takenwhich was executed in less than four months by the locals.

▪ Following which Nagar Parishad (district council) on 16th Jan 2014, officially declared Bhabua as first of something in India as well as World.

▪ “Nearly 136 years after the __X__ came into being, we have today a __Y__ in Bihar. The move is likely to make a positive impact on tourists coming from far off places” - Singh

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Green City

▪ Was inspired by Jaipur’s “pink city”.

▪ Jaipur was painted pink on the royal orders of Sawai dynasty in 1878, to welcome the Prince of Wales.

▪ As part of the exercise, the citizens themselves have painted their houses in green.

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23. First metro in the world to be approved by Gold Standard

▪ Gold Standard foundation -- a globally accepted certification standard for carbon mitigation projects.

▪ Compared to the United Nations rate for one carbon credit (70 cents), the Gold Standard carbon offset carries a price premium (4-5 Euros).

▪ Which metro/rail system was the first one to be awarded the same for energy efficiency ?

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Delhi Metro

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24. Identify X

▪ X is a delta region of about 900 sq. km situated in the west coast of Kerala State, India. The X Below Sea-level Farming System (KBSFS) is unique, as it is the only system in India that practices rice cultivation below sea level.

▪ Farmers of X have developed and mastered the spectacular technique of below sea level cultivation over 150 year ago. They made this system unique as it contributes remarkably well to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services including several livelihood services for local communities.

▪ X is known as ‘The Rice Bowl of Kerala’.

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25. Which company’s Earth day ad in 2014 and Funda ?

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26. What's special about this song ?

▪ Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris ssp. sumatrae) are more than a rare breed; they're almost extinct. An estimated 400 of these animals still inhabit the wilds of Indonesia, and that number is only expected to drop with threats from poaching and habitat destruction. Scientists have predicted that the beautiful beasts, which are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN's Red List, may go extinct in the next 30 years. (Its relatives the Bali tiger and the Java tiger have already suffered that fate.)

▪ Announced on Earth Day, a new initiative from the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute hopes to raise awareness about the plight of these magestic animals. The Zoo teamed up with Alaskan rock band Portugal. The Man to create what the are calling an "endangered" song, produced on only 400 records.

▪ Each record is made with a special blend of polycarbonate and sent to 400 people in music, film, social media and journalism.

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▪ Each record is made with a special blend of polycarbonate that degrades after a certain number of spins. A record that self-destructs sounds like the stuff of spy movies, but the metaphor works: the fate of the records is meant to parallel the fate of the 400 remaining tigers.

▪ If people don't conserve the song digitally, it won't survive.

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27. Which city & Funda

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Fake Hong Kong Skyline Gives Tourists A Better Backdrop, Ignores Pollution Problem

Tourists from mainland China take photos in front of a large outdoor banner in Hong Kong showing what the city looks like on a clean-air day.

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28. What mistake ?

▪ On the first day of its functioning in Chennai, the National Green Tribunal's Circuit Court here set aside the environmental clearance granted by the Tamil Nadu government to the Chennai Corporation's integrated solid waste management facility at Perungudi.

▪ If any project site was within a 10-km radius from a national park or a protected area, environment clearance could be obtained only from the Union Environment Ministry. If the site was beyond 10 km, permission could be obtained from the State government.

▪ Although the aerial distance between the two nearest points of project site and Guindy National Park is 5.6 km and 6.2 km. How/Why did the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board's got the permission from State Environment Impact Assessment Authority of Tamil Nadu ?

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They used road distance instead of aerial distance

▪ Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board's contention that the distance was more than 10 km (measured along the road connecting the two places), the judge remarked that pollution did not travel by road.

▪ When TNPCB counsel said that the distance was calculated by the Chennai Corporation, the judge asked, “How can you blindly believe that?”

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States that Ban Direct Sales: 28 States that Allow Tesla to Sell Cars: 20 States Tesla is Fighting to Overturn Ban: 2

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30. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) Climate Change Debate. What happens in the end ?

▪ Video

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Statistically representative climate change debate

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▪ Video

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32. Unseen – A disguised thriller movie trailer is about ?

▪ Video

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Sustainable Palm Oil

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▪ The Namaquachameleon is a ground living lizard found in the western desert regions of Namibia, South Africa and southern Angola.

▪ What's the advantage of looking like this ? (Pic)

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To regulate their body temperature

▪ Since it’s a cold blooded animal, they change the sunny side into dark to absorb more heat and white to minimize the heat loss during morning time.

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34. How this bizarre shape helps the tree to survive in the arid climate ?

▪ Arguably the most famous and distinctive plant of the island of Socotra, the evocatively named dragon’s blood tree has a unique and bizarre appearance, its upturned, densely-packed crown having the shape of an upside-down umbrella.

▪ The bizarre shape of the dragon’s blood tree helps it to survive in often arid conditions.

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To collect mist

▪ Morning mists condense on the waxy, skyward-pointing leaves, the water then channeling down the trunk to the roots.

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35. Which movie ?

▪ This 2013 movie is considered to have a “Darwinian Ending”.

▪ “It’s the optimistic scenario, the Darwinian chart at the end. She comes from the primordial soup, crawling out into the mud, and then she’s on all fours, and then she’s standing up curved like an ape, until she goes completely erect.” – Director of the movie.

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▪ 6 Slides

▪ Exhaustive

▪ No Negatives

▪ 1 guess per slide

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Moon Jellyfish +60

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Veiled Chameleon +50

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Dung Beetle +40

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Puffer Fish +30

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Japanese Macaque / Snow Monkey +20

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Rufous Hummingbird +10

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Featured on Google’s Earth Day 2014 doodle