Climate Change And Global Warming

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I. The differences between climate change and global warming are not necessarily clear. A. First, let’s talk about some of the differences in terminology. 1. Weather is the state of the climate at a particular time in a particular place. It is instantaneous rather than average. 2. Climate is the average of the attributes of weather like temperature and rainfall is taken over a given number of years. Weather is usually chaotic and climate is not. 3. The Earth’s climate governs many things according the book Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast by David Archer. a. Productivity of farms, forests, and fisheries are controlled by climate b. The geography of diseases is determined by Earth’s climate. c. The livability of cities in summers is effected. d. Climate change can cause property losses from sea-levels rising. e. Even expenditures on engineered environments are governed by climate. f. Animals and the distribution and abundance of species is effected by climate as well.
II. There is astounding evidence of global climate change. A. The evidence of climate change undeniable. 1. Ice sheets have been shrinking. NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment found that Greenland had a loss of 150 – 250 cubic km which is roughly 36 to 60 cubic miles of ice per year between 2002 and 2006. Antarctica has lost about 152 cubic km or 36 cubic miles between 2002 and 2005 (climate.nasa.gov).…

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