Climate Change

The term climate change - often used interchangeably with the term global warming - is growing in preferred use as conveys a more rounded description of any number of changing climate patterns in addition to rising temperatures. Changing patterns of temperature (up or down), precipitation, wind, severe weather and seasonal shifts are some of the other indicators. 
Climate change refers to any significant change in measures of climate (such as temperature, precipitation or wind) lasting for an extended period (decades or longer). Climate change may result from: natural factors, such as changes in the sun's intensity or slow changes in the Earth's orbit around the sun; natural processes within the climate system (e.g. changes in ocean circulation); and human activities that change the atmosphere's composition (through the burning of fossil fuels) and the land surface (e.g. deforestation, reforestation, urbanization, desertification, etc.). (Source: EPA / Photo: Flickr)

Marine heat waves are transforming our oceans

California desert comes alive with wildflower 'superbloom'

Kids around the world are striking for the planet

A remnant of the force that carved the Great Lakes will soon vanish

For the first time, a mammal species is extinct because of human-induced climate change

Baby boomers will be among the hardest hit by climate change

At least one-third of Himalayan glaciers will be gone by 2100

Climate change is turning these cute birds into crazed murderers

Record melt uncovers Arctic landscapes trapped in ice for 40,000 years

Groundwater is an 'environmental time bomb'

Scientists discover 60% wild coffee species are under threat of extinction

The quest to reach the loneliest place on ice