Climate

Climate

earth
The climate where you live is called regional climate. Global climate is a description of the climate of a planet as a whole, with all the regional differences averaged.
anchovies
Peruvian fishing boats used to return to shore each day heavy with anchovies, but in 1972 the boats returned to shore with empty nets.
As the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased, global average temperature has risen.
Factors that have the power to change global climate can be natural, like volcanic eruptions and changes in solar energy, or caused by humans, like the addition of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
co2
Energy from the Sun that makes its way to Earth can have trouble finding its way back out to space. The greenhouse effect causes some of this energy to be waylaid in the atmosphere, absorbed and released by greenhouse gases.
Climate Movie Gallery
Short video clips about climate - including paleoclimates, climate change and modeling climate.
El Nino
Learn how the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate fluctuation affects weather around the world.
Warmer conditions are having an impact on our planet. The world's surface air temperature warmed 0.6° C (1.1°F) on average during the last century. This may not sound like very much change, but it is.