Climate change describes a change in the average conditions — such as temperature and rainfall — in a region over a long period of time. NASA scientists have observed Earth’s surface is warming, and many of the warmest years on record have happened in the past 20 years. (NASA)
why should we care?
As Earth heats up, people across the globe are experiencing more intense rainstorms, severe droughts, powerful tropical cyclones, and extreme heat waves. Rising sea levels are flooding coastal areas, destroying homes, precious natural spaces, and quite literally swallowing entire islands. Some populations of animals have started to die out. The most vulnerable among us – children, the elderly, and the poor – are in danger from increasing heat stress and air pollution. (Climate Reality Project)
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Climate change refers to changes in large-scale temperature, wind, and rainfall patterns that persist or occur over decades.
When we think about climate change, we usually think about global warming. But what is the difference?
Global warming is the increase in Earth's average global temperature over time due to human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels. Global warming is just one aspect of climate change.
Climate change includes all shifts in global climate, human-caused or otherwise. One famous recurring event is the El Niño system. It causes the oceans to warm and changes wind patterns when it occurs.
To learn more about climate change, visit these helpful links:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): Climate Change and Global Warming
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The environment consists of all of our surroundings. It includes plants, animals, us, and even the homes we live in. Our natural environment can be divided into two parts, biotic factors, and abiotic factors.
Biotic factors include all life that lives in the environment.
Abiotic factors make up all of the materials in the environment, such as the soil and the landscape.
To ensure that we live in a healthy environment, we must protect both of these environmental factors.
To learn more about the environment and how to protect it, visit these sites:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)