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Climate Change

This is a guide for sources and resources related to Climate Change and Weather.

Climate and Weather

Climate and weather - Are they the same? Are they difference? How are they related?

Let's start off with some quick definitions here.

Weather is the day-to-day change in temperature and precipitation in a specific place.

Climate is the long-term overall change in weather of a specific place that covers the span of many years and decades.

So, what is Climate Change that we hear every day on the news or on the web? It's the result of the wider swings in the recorded highs and lows and the pushing of the boundaries in the ferocity of extreme weather events across the planet.

Indicators of climate change are: Increased air temperature of land and oceans, a loss of arctic sea ice, a retreat of glaciers world-wide, an increase in global sea level rise, an increase i humidity, as well as an increase in sea surface temperature, and smaller amounts of snow cover in the northern hemisphere.

Another term we hear is Global Warming - This is the long-term heating of the earth's atmosphere since the beginning of the industrial age (1850) caused by human activity.

This guide will give you some resources to explore more about Climate Change and Weather that are available to you through the library's online catalog, journal list and through other research guides.


"The past nine years have been the warmest years since modern record-keeping began in 1880. This means Earth in 2022 was about 2 degrees Fahrenheit (or about 1.11 degrees Celsius) warmer than the late 19th century average."



Average Maximum Temperatures projected for future decades if global emissions of heat-trapping gases increase through 2100.

High Temp forecast from High emissions