Glossary term: Global Warming

Also known as climate change

Description: Global warming is a warming of a planet's atmosphere by greenhouse gases, such as water molecules, carbon dioxide, methane, etc. This causes an increase in the greenhouse effect thus increasing the global mean temperature of a planet. The sources of greenhouse gases can be natural or (on Earth) created by humans. Global warming on Earth will have significant very long-term effects on the planet, including short- and medium-term changes in local weather patterns, habitat destruction, and sea level rise.

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