Climate change is often referred to as global warming, but that’s not entirely accurate. To understand, let’s first explore at global warming. Global warming is:
a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants.
That is to say that naturally occurring gasses as well as unnatural pollutants are slowly affecting the earth’s atmosphere. The introduction of these pollutants by humans, however, is the greatest cause of global warming over the past century.
Climate change and global warming are not the same thing. Global warming is the gradual increase of Earth’s global temperatures, but climate change reaches far beyond that. Global warming is contributing to a more widespread impact on droughts and heat waves, polar ice melts and a broad modification of the globe’s natural ecosystems.