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Climate change

Definition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change)

Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is caused by factors that include oceanic processes (such as oceanic circulation), biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics and volcanic eruptions, and human-induced alterations of the natural world; these latter effects are currently causing global warming, and "climate change" is often used to describe human-specific impacts. (Wikipedia)

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Natural phenomena
Global warming
Climate
Greenhouse gases

This term is used for the following terms: 
Climatic change

Approved Date
21-Jun-2013

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