What is climate change? How does it differ from Global Warming

Climate change is caused by the emission of heat-trapping gases – mostly carbon dioxide (CO2) – from vehicles, industry, power plants and deforestation.
As these gases build up, they act like a thick blanket, overheating the planet, changing our climate, and threatening our health, economy and natural environment.

The terms global warming and climate change are often used interchangeably, but the two phenomena are different.
Global warming is the rise in global temperatures due to an increase of heat-trapping carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
Climate change, on the other hand, is a more general term that refers to changes in many climatic factors (such as temperature and precipitation) around the world.
These changes are happening at different rates and in different ways.
For example, the United States has become wetter over the 20th century, while the Sahel region of central Africa has become drier.

 

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