15 Facts About Climate change


In common usage, climate change describes global warming—the ongoing increase in global average temperature—and its impacts on Earth's climate system.

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Climate change can refer more broadly to both human-caused changes or natural changes throughout Earth's history.

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Climate change model is a representation of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that affect the climate system.

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Environmental effects of climate change are broad and far-reaching, affecting oceans, ice, and weather.

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Climate change has led to decades of shrinking and thinning of the Arctic sea ice.

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Long-term effects of climate change include further ice melt, ocean warming, sea level rise, and ocean acidification.

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Climate change has contributed to the expansion of drier climate zones, such as the expansion of deserts in the subtropics.

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Climate change has likely already increased global economic inequality, and this trend is projected to continue.

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The World Bank estimates that climate change could drive over 120 million people into poverty by 2030.

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Climate change can be mitigated by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and by enhancing sinks that absorb greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

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Countries that are most vulnerable to climate change have typically been responsible for a small share of global emissions.

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Public debate about climate change has been strongly affected by climate change denial and misinformation, which originated in the United States and has since spread to other countries, particularly Canada and Australia.

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Many who deny, dismiss, or hold unwarranted doubt about the scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change are labelled as "climate change skeptics", which several scientists have noted is a misnomer.

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Climate change came to international public attention in the late 1980s.

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, set up in 1988 to provide formal advice to the world's governments, spurred interdisciplinary research.

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