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Global Warming vs. Climate Change: 4 Issues to Consider When Looking at the Difference

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While “global warming” and “climate change” are often used interchangeably, the terms are not the same. When you are choosing whether to use "global warming" or "climate change," here are some things to consider.

1. One leads to another. Global warming refers to the overall warming of the atmospheric temperatures of the Earth over time. Climate change is an umbrella term that more widely describes what is going on in the Earth’s atmosphere that some say is caused by global warming. The EPA defines global warming as an ongoing temperature rise near the Earth’s surface. It is causing climate patterns to change. Warming is caused by an accumulation of greenhouse gases, according to the EPA.

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2. Other factors are at play in the debate. Scientists at NOAA do believe the planet is warming, but say there are many other things changing in the climate that may affect the health of the planet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) describes global warming and climate change as “increasing global temperature is only one element of observed global climate change.” The organization monitors the state of the climate on a regular basis in order to identify climate trends. They also measure wildfires, wind, air stagnation and crop moisture as ways to measure how changes in the climate may affect “aspects of the nation's economy as well as human health and quality of life.” 

3. The warming is debatable. When considering global warming vs climate change, there are some scientists whose research presents an alternative view that the earth is not warming at all, but cooling. An example of this debate can be seen in Global Research in June 2014, the journal re-published 2008 research by Prof. Don Easterbrook from the Department of Geology of Western Washington University that provided evidence of this kind of global cooling. 

4. The question of human involvement. Those involved in the global warming vs. climate change debate differ most strongly over the level to which humans affected global warming. The question is, did humans cause global warming and can we reverse it? 

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While “global warming” and “climate change” are often used interchangeably, the terms are not the same. When you are choosing whether to use "global warming" or "climate change," here are some things to consider.
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