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Global Warming or Climate Change?


What is the Difference between these Words?



Draught conditions can lead to an increase in forest fires. A fire burns out of control on a mountain hillside in the Pike National Forest.. (Photo Credit)


Climate Change is making Atlantic hurricanes more intense, frequent, and destructive, with the same results worldwide.. (Photo Credit)

A Mini-lesson in Definitions

On various websites, books, and blogs, the terms ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’ are commonly used interchangeably. But what is the actual difference between these words?

In the previous section, titled ‘What is global warming?‘, we defined global warming as the gradually increasing trend in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere.

The fact is, these small changes in overall temperature correspond to large changes in our climate. Climate change is defined as the long-term changes in the weather patterns that come as a result of temperature change.

In this sense, think of global warming as the cause, and climate change as the effect. The end result of these changes in climate is a multitude of additional symptoms and effects.

These effects include an impact both on rainfall and weather patterns, ranging from extreme weather events like heat waves, to droughts, to forest fires, to hurricanes, the melting of ice caps and glaciers, as well as the rising of the sea levels,..

Just to name a few.

There are some natural causes that contribute to global warming. For example, the eruption of volcanoes are typically described as naturally occurring disasters that harm our atmosphere.

But whether we are talking about global warming due to natural causes like volcanoes, or global warming due to man-made causes like the burning of fossil fuels, nature does provide us at least one answer that helps to partially offset greenhouse gas emissions.

And that answer is trees..

In this next section we discuss trees and the reasons why we need to protect our forests.

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What is Deforestation?



Forests cover more than 30 percent of the land area on our planet, and they play a critical role in preventing climate change.. (Photo Credit)

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What is Deforestation?

According to the experts, forests cover more than 30 percent of the land area on our planet.  They help people thrive by purifying the air we breath and the water we drink, and they provide a home to a huge chunk of our terrestrial biodiversity, providing habitat for a vast array of trees, plants, animals, and insects. Forests also play a critical role in preventing climate change because they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. What are the principle causes of deforestation and its impacts? And how is deforestation related to global warming?

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