What is climate change?
Overwhelming scientific evidence shows that there have been changes in the global climate since the early 1900s. These climate changes, and future climate change predicted over the next century, are largely due to human activities and excessive greenhouse-gas emissions, which are warming up the Earth. This is climate change, often referred to as ‘global warming’.
*Global warming vs climate change
While the meanings of climate change and global warming are, to all intents and purposes in most cases, interchangeable, most generally prefer the term ‘climate change’ over global warming. This is because the effects of global warming do not automatically manifest themselves locally in weather events that might be termed ‘warming’ (ie rising temperatures). While millions of people are experiencing more intense drought, millions more are suffering from other extreme weather and climatic events, such as floods, hurricanes and rising sea levels.
For more information:
- Climate Change- a quick guide
- BBC guide to Climate Change
- Friends of the Earth-Climate Change
- Learning Teaching Scotland -Climate Change
- Taking It Global Issues Guide
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