What is Climate Change?

Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (i.e., decades to millions of years).

IPCC, AR4, 2007

Climate change may refer to a change in average weather conditions, or in the time variation of weather within the context of longer-term average conditions.

IPCC Special Report “Global Warming of 1.5°C” Summary for Teachers

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an international body for assessing the science related to climate change. Established in 1988, by the United Nations, IPCC provides a scientifically verified information about global climate change. IPCC reports include regular assessments of the scientific understanding of climate change, including possible impacts and options for adapting to them, and means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions globally.

Office for Climate Education (OCE) has summarised the latest IPCC report “Global Warming of 1.5°C” specifiacally intended for teachers. It provides relevant activities and excercies which can be conduced in the classroom.

TROP ICSU is listed as a resource for trainers in this summary report.

Glossary

Glossary of terminology  used in Climate Science and allied domains

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