- Know The Difference Between Global Warming and Climate Change
Often people use the terms global warming and climate change interchangeably, and while they are very closely related, they don’t mean exactly the same thing. According to NASA, climate change refers to a “broader range of changes that are happening to our planet. These include rising sea levels, shrinking mountain glaciers, accelerating ice melt in Greenland, Antarctica and the Arctic, and shifts in flower/plant blooming times.”
Global warming refers only to the warming of the planet, while climate change means the broader impact of that warming and the long-term change in the climate of planet earth. Bottom line: climate change is a larger term that encompasses global warming.
- Sea Levels Are Rising
The National Ocean Service reports the “global sea level has been rising at an increasing rate since the 20th century. Analysis of a global network of tide gauge records shows that sea level has been rising at the rate of about 0.6 inches per decade since 1900.” That might not seem like a lot, or like it will affect you, but if you live in a coastal town you could experience tidal flooding, shoreline erosion, storm-related hazards, environmental damage, and damage to infrastructure including roads, bridges, homes and more. Bottom line: rising sea levels are a BAD thing.