Climate Change And Global Warming

1060 WordsJul 31, 20155 Pages
Climate change (Klaus) 1000 The terms “global warming”, “climate change” or “greenhouse effect” have become more than just parts of the popular lexicon as they rather are subject of public discussions, scientific research or political debates. Despite the popularity and the ubiquity of these terms, the public’s theoretical and conceptual understanding of them and their causal relations is often based on superficial knowledge and buzzwords or caricatures outlined and depicted in several popular media. To take account for the latent threat that global warming embodies to humanity, wildlife and the whole environment, it is important to understand the science behind this occurrences. This abstract describes in short the terms mentioned above, the relationship between them and how climate has changed caused by human behavior. Climate change and global warming do not stand for the same phenomena and hence, they cannot be used interchangeably. Climate change is the more general term for the change in statistical properties of the climate when considered over long periods of time, regardless of cause . Thus, climate change includes also precipitation patterns, ocean currents, winds and of course surface temperature. Furthermore, climate change is obviously made up of two different parts, one of which is natural and has taken account for climate changes in the past and in these days, and the other of which is anthropogenic (i.e., human) and impacts the climate since the

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