Climate Change

Scientifically, “climate change” refers to any major long-term change in normal weather patterns for any particular region. Millions of years of weather patterns are taken into account when determining the “average weather”. A true climate change occurs somewhat gradually, and is usually only observed when comparing years of data with historical weather data. Daily weather patterns on Earth can be somewhat unpredictable and often times chaotic. Climate, on the other hand, is measured by taking into account several years of data and analyzing the averages. The biggest factors in measuring climate have usually been the average temperature, daily abundance of sunlight, and amount of precipitation. Only in recent history have environmental variables become necessary to accurately measure climatic behavior. This is believed to be largely in part to the industrial revolution and the significant impact that developing nations have had on the natural environment. For example, measuring the decline of glaciers has become an important element in determining climatic activity. Because of these relatively recent developments, and the growing awareness of and concern about global warming, the term “climate change” has been used regularly in recent times within the context of changes within our modern climate. For further information on climate change, please see the links below.