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January 23, 2020. Life / Nature’s Solutions to Climate Change

What is Climate Change?

Cyril F. Kormos, Shyla Raghav, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Russell A. Mittermeier, Brendan Mackey, Wes Sechrest

Climate refers to the usual conditions of temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation and other meteorological variables in a given region for a prolonged period of time. Climate differs from weather, in the fact that weather only describes the short-term conditions of these variables and can change rapidly.

However, climate can also change. Climate change is the global variation of the Earth’s climate. It is due to natural causes and the action of man, and occur at different time scales and over all meteorological variables.

Scientists agree that the current cause of climate change is due to the emission, as a result of human activity, of the so-called “greenhouse gases”. These gases increase the ability of Earth’s atmosphere to retain heat, leading to global warming phenomena. The current climate change is happening very fast, which makes the new conditions very difficult to adapt to for both nature and humanity.

Climate change is a reality that manifests itself among the planet through rising temperatures, rising sea levels, melting of the poles and the increase of extreme natural phenomena.

 

This is an excerpt from the CEMEX Nature Series Book “Nature’s Solutions to Climate Change” (2019)

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