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Weather And Climate


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Weather And Climate

  1. 1. Weather and Climate By: Tayloranne Kaufmann
  2. 2. What is Weather? <ul><li>Weather is the state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture, and pressure. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Climate? <ul><li>The composite or generally prevailing weather conditions of a region, as temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, sunshine, cloudiness, and winds, throughout the year, averaged over a series of years. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What could be causing global climate change? <ul><li>There is a scientific consensus that concentrations of green house gases in the atmosphere are increasing and that this is causing global climate change. </li></ul><ul><li>Human-driven emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, as well as land-use change, are the processes primarily responsible for the increase. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How does the changing climate impact biota? <ul><li>There is already evidence that animals, birds and plants are being affected by climate change and global warming in their behavior. Unless greenhouse gas emissions are severely reduced, climate change could cause a quarter of land animals, birdlife, and plants to become extinct. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: A sea level rise of only 50cm could cause sea turtles to lose their nesting beaches. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 30% of Caribbean beaches are used by turtles during the nesting season. </li></ul>
  6. 6. How does the changing climate impact abiota? <ul><li>Many are agreed that climate change may be one of the greatest threats facing the planet. </li></ul><ul><li>Recent years show increasing temperatures in various regions, and/or increasing extremities in weather patterns. </li></ul><ul><li>It is getting extremely hot/cold in some areas. </li></ul>