What is the Difference Between
Climate Change and Global Warming?

It is important to understand the difference between climate change and global warming in order to avoid confusion.

Climate change refers to global warming as well as everything else that increasing greenhouse gases will affect.

In simple terms, climate change (see definition) is about the change over a long period of time in temperature, precipitation, atmospheric pressure and winds.

On the other hand, global warming (see definition), which is not a scientifically correct term, deals solely with the increase in average surface temperatures on a global scale.

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Significance

It is important to use the first term since changes in

  • precipitation
  • wind patterns
  • weather
  • moisture levels
  • and sea levels (among others)

will have a much greater human impact than a rise temperatures alone.

Despite their obvious differences, people tend to use these two terms interchangeably.

Sadly, many skeptics have wrongly stated that the reason scientists are using the term climate change is because of the lack of evidence supporting global warming. This is simply ridiculous.

However, these are but some of the many terms you should know in order to help your use of the Climate Change Guide.

Please consult the climate change glossary to learn more.

Climate Change Glossary

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