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What is climate change? A definition from the Department of Ecology of Washington State reads: Climate includes patterns of temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind and seasons. It affects more than just a change in the weather and refers to seasonal changes over a long period of time. These climate patterns play a fundamental role in shaping natural ecosystems, and the human economies and cultures that depend on them.

It may be used inter-changably with global warming as they’re closely related. Global warming causes climates to change. Here is NASA discussion on the two terms, What's In A Name?

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Climate Change: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going? by Prof James White

Published on Sep 2, 2015

Professor James White reviews the basic science behind the Earth's climate system and discusses how humans are impacting it and put the current climate situation into the context of natural variability. White is director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research.

Do you believe in climate change?" It's a common question, and after being posed the question, most of us would probably pause, try to assess our questioner to judge how ugly or pleasant this conversation might soon get, and then possibly offer an answer. But to a climate scientist, it's a rather strange, even bizarre question. The obvious answer is no, but not because climate is not changing, which it is, and not because humans are not a cause, which we are. The problem is that word, "believe."

EarthSayer James White

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