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What is climate change What causes it and what impacts will it bring What else should be done These are some very important questions that need to be noticed Climate Changes are changes in the average weather that a given region experiences Climate change on a global balance includes changes to temperature in wind patterns and changes to precipitation Global climate change has begun creating a crisis Scientists have observed changes in the timing of seasons the range of plant and animals species the range patterns of precipitation flooding and drought Kump Kasting and Crane 2003 Weather and climate have a reflective influence on life on Earth They are part of the daily experiences of human beings and are essential for health food production and well-being The IPCC Second Assessment Report IPCC 1996 presented logical evidence that human activities may already be influencing the climate If one wishes to understand discover and eventually predict the human influence on climate one need to understand the system that controls the climate of the Earth and the processes that lead to climate change In common language the concepts weather and climate are roughly defined The weather as we experience it is the changing state of the atmosphere around us categorized by the temperature wind precipitation clouds and other weather elements This weather is the result of fast developing and decomposing weather systems such as mid-latitude low and high pressure systems with their associated forward zones showers and tropical hurricanes Lomborg 2010 Weather has only limited predictability Elsewhere a week or two individual weather systems are unpredictable Climate refers to the average weather in terms of the mean and its variability over a certain time-span and a certain area Collier 2002 Classical climatology provides a classification and description of the various climate systems found on Earth Climate varies from place to place depending on latitude distance to the sea vegetation presence or time off of mountains or other
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