CLIMATE CHANGE• Is a change in the statistical distribution of weather over periodic of time that range from decades to millions of years.• Climate change may be limited to a specific region or may occur across the whole earth or planet
GLOBAL WARMINGIs the increase in the averagetemperature of Earth’s near-surface, air and ocean
What causes climate change?Natural Causes• Continental Drift• Volcanoes• The Earth’s Tilt• Ocean Currents
Continental Driftis the movement of Earth’s continents relative to each other.
U.K.: Train rails buckle Germany: Lowest river levels this century France: >14,000 deaths Switzerland: Melting glaciers, avalanchesPortugal: Forest fires 2003 European Heat Wave
Sea-level rise projections : a few inches toa few feet•2 ft: U.S. would lose 10,000 square miles•3 ft: Would submerge Miami
Produce more fuel-efficient vehiclesReduce vehicle useImprove energy-efficiency in buildingsDevelop carbon capture and storage processesTriple nuclear powerIncrease solar powerDecrease deforestation/plant forestsImprove soil carbon management strategies
Individual actions Tune up Unplug your appliances or Use mass furnace plug into atransit, bike, power strip and walk, roller switch it off skate Caulk, Buy water-saving weatherstrip, appliances and insulate, and toilets; installing replace old Buy products low-flow shower windows with a U.S. EPA heads. Energy Star label