Global Warming and Climate Change
Though the terms global warming and climate change are often used interchangeably, they have different meanings. Climate change describes long-term shifts in the earth's weather patterns that affect such factors as temperature, humidity, wind, cloud cover, and precipitation levels. Global warming specifically refers to an increase in the Earth's average surface temperatures caused by human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels.
Overwhelming scientific evidence supports the reality of both global warming and climate change, but a vocal minority disagree with the consensus conclusion that these trends are being driven by human activity. The widely accepted scientific model posits that global warming and climate change are being caused and accelerated by the continued use of carbon-rich fossil fuels, as carbon...Read more