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What is Climate Change?
A change in global or regional climate patterns, attributed to increased levels of carbon dioxide from the use of fossil fuels.
Weather vs Climate
Weather is the day-to-day state of the atmosphere…temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, visibility and wind.
Climate is the weather of a place averaged over a period of time, usually 30 years.
Global warming vs Climate change
Global warming refers to the Earth’s rising temperature, while climate change includes warming and the effects of warming - like melting glaciers, extreme weather: heavier rainstorms, frequent droughts, etc.
Global warming is one symptom of the much larger problem of climate change.
Ocean Acidification in the Arctic
The glacial freshwater melt in the Arctic will render much of it a dead zone.
Fresh water melt is not only more acidic, but is also lighter, warmer, less saline and because it is warmer, has a vastly reduced oxygen carrying capacity, than deepwater.
The net result is that the fresh water melt acts much like putting a clear plastic bag over your face. You can see through it, but it will suffocate you to death.
Most of the Arctic will end up as a dead zone.
This is the physics of water.
Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home
An appeal from Pope Francis to every person living on this planet for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges.