FAQ Category: Climate change

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9. Why does it become colder in some regions despite global warming? 0

9. Why does it become colder in some regions despite global warming?

Because of global warming, warm air masses are moving further north and significantly warm the Arctic. Simultaneously, cold air masses are repressed which move southward. In addition, the increasing melt water can repress warm...

8. What is the difference between weather and climate? 0

8. What is the difference between weather and climate?

The difference between weather and climate lies in the time frame in which the data are collected and analyzed. Weather represents all current processes in the atmosphere, including temperature and precipitation data measured over...

7. Why should be the current climate change a threat for us if the climate has changed permanently in the past? 0

7. Why should be the current climate change a threat for us if the climate has changed permanently in the past?

Climate is not changing for the first time. There have been fluctuations and changes in climate again and again over geological time. This might lead to the impression that current climate change is a...

6. What are we doing and what to do in the future? 0

6. What are we doing and what to do in the future?

Due to time lags in the climate system and the fact that CO2 stays in the atmosphere for hundreds or thousands of years, the climate will continue to warm until at least mid-century regardless...

4. What does global warming have to do with rising sea levels? 0

4. What does global warming have to do with rising sea levels?

Global warming contributes to rising sea levels in two ways. First, hotter summers, warmer winters, and earlier springs are causing glaciers and ice sheets to gradually melt. The increased runoff from polar lands is...

3. What does global warming have to do with severe weather, like droughts and hurricanes? 0

3. What does global warming have to do with severe weather, like droughts and hurricanes?

A rise in global temperatures increases the severity and likelihood of storms, floods, wildfires, droughts and heat waves. Climate change affects the weather by intensifying the water cycle. Water evaporates into the atmosphere from...

2. Why is climate change a problem? 0

2. Why is climate change a problem?

Relatively small changes in the planet’s average temperature can lead to big changes in local and regional climate, creating risks to public health and safety, water resources, agriculture, infrastructure, and ecosystems. Climate change already...

1. Why should I care about climate change? 0

1. Why should I care about climate change?

Climate change affects each and every one of us. Its impacts are far-reaching, affecting potentially almost every aspect of our lives. Climate change has a direct effect on our health, our food and water...