Global warming

Extreme weather, species becoming extinct and islands disappearing - climate change is serious for both humans and the nature around us. What exactly is global warming, and why is this happening now?

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What is global warming?

Global warming means that the air around us is becoming warmer. This affects everyone on the planet. Our planet has changed a lot throughout history, but now it is changing very quickly. Since 1880 the atmosphere has become about 0.8°C warmer. Before the end of the 2000s, the temperature could have gone up by 2-4 °C.

Many of the world’s largest rivers are about to dry up due to climate change, such as in Australia.

The difference between climate change and global warming

Global warming is the reason for climate change. We know that the planet is getting warmer and warmer. We have global warming because of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 

Climate change is what happens because of global warming. Some examples are rising sea levels, melting glaciers, and changes in the length of the seasons. Climate change is caused by global warming.

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