Q and A

What is the difference between Global Warming and Climate Change?

The words climate change and global warming are often used interchangeably. However, they do have different definitions:

Global Warming

is a more specific term. It refers to increases in the Earth’s average temperature because of greenhouse gas build up in the atmosphere. Global warming is a cause of climate change.

Climate Change

is a broader term. It refers to changes (increases or decreases) to long-term weather patterns, such as temperature, rainfall or snowfall.

A warmer Earth, from global warming, will lead to changes in rainfall patterns, a rise in sea level, and a wide range of impacts on plants, wildlife, and humans. When scientists talk about the issue of climate change, their concern is about global warming caused by human activities*.

* Environmental Production Agency