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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.
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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

climate change


1983, in the modern "global warming" sense.

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Encyclopedia Article for climate-change

climate change

periodic modification of Earth's climate brought about as a result of changes in the atmosphere as well as interactions between the atmosphere and various other geologic, chemical, biological, and geographic factors within the Earth system

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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