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climate change

a long-term change in the earth's climate, especially a change due to an increase in the average atmospheric temperature:
Melting glaciers imply that life in the Arctic is affected by climate change.
Origin of climate change
1980-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for climate change
  • One of the reasons many opt for wood-burning features is concern about global climate change.
  • Despite the heat waves across the country, no one is screaming climate change is real because of them.
  • The idea that anthropogenic climate change might cause a war or two sometime in the future is not new.
  • Among the more perplexing bits of climate change research are the predictions for both more droughts and more floods.
  • It's easy to ignore climate change, to say it's not a problem.
  • Dams, irrigation and now climate change have drastically reduced the once-mighty river.
  • The ocean is getting warmer, higher and more acidic due to climate change.
  • Most significant, the cloud forests here are threatened by climate change.
  • All three individuals understand the crucial connection between research, climate change and energy.
  • But the ocean is showing alarming strains caused by pollution, overfishing, invasive species and climate change.
Contemporary definitions for climate change

any long-term significant change in the weather patterns of an area; also used figuratively


Climate change can be natural or caused by changes people have made to the land or atmosphere.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for climate change

1983, in the modern "global warming" sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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