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global warming

sustained increase in Earth's average surface T
- determine physical, chemical & biologicial processes
- caused by greenhouse gas levels rising


global climate change

global sum of all local changes in T & precipitation patterns that accompany global warming or global cooling
- caused by greenhouse gas levels rising

Temp + precipitation + frequency + severity


greenhouse gas

gas that absorbs & reflects infrared radiation, so that heat radiate from Earth is retained in atm instead of being lost to space


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

international volunteer commmittee of scientists who assess current climate change stage & determine environmental and socio-economic impact



timing of events during the year in environments where seasonal changes occur


ways climate change can impact orgs

(1) phenology shifts
(2) geographic range shifts
(3) evolutionary adaptation
(4) extinction
(5) acidification