Is global warming causing climate change?

I am really confused about this topic. I need like three ways global warming is causing climate change.

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  • 4 years ago

    The assumption that you’re making is that greenhouse gases are the only thing that can influence whether the planet warms or cools. It would be nice if it were as simple as that, but the reality is that hundreds of different factors contribute to warming and cooling. In recent years there has been a large increase in the emissions of sulphates and particulate matter, most notably from the growing Chinese and Indian economies. Sulphates are reflective to incoming solar energy, black particulate matter absorbs that energy. Several years ago it was suggested that we deliberately inject sulphates into the atmosphere so as to induce cooling, then the Asian economies started booming and have done it anyway. We did the exact same thing in the middle of the last century and the result was that global warming stalled for 30 years. Once we passed Clean Air Acts the warming returned. China and India are both talking about introducing regulations to significantly reduce the emissions of these pollutants, if they do so it will remove this cooling influence. There are also oceanic oscillations, these have positive (warming) and negative (cooling) phases; the most well know of these is El Nino but there are many others. In recent years the net effect of these oscillations has been a negative one. Sometime within the next 10 years or so, nobody quite knows when, there will be a reversal and this cooling factor will also be removed. On a smaller scale is solar variation, this is a cyclical event and also has positive and negative phases. Recently the Sun has gone through an unusually quiet period with a lower than average sunspot number, this too is inducing cooling. The next 11 year cycle could reverse that trend and if that happens then another contributor to cooling would be removed. What we’ve seen in the last 10/11 years (not 15) is a levelling off of temperatures as several cooling factors have come together. If it weren’t for the underlying warming then we would have seen a significant drop in temperatures. This hasn’t happened because the warming is still there. PS – I am not an environmentalist or liberal by any stretch of the imagination but I am a climate scientist and study all factors that cause and influence the global climates.

  • 9 years ago

    Climate scientist back in the 1970's called the warming world "global warming". With further research, they found that "climate change" was a better description, because warming doesn't necessarily happen everywhere.

    So, what causes climate change? Over millions of years, the climate has both warmed and cooled, with hot temperatures in the Arctic, or ice sheets all the way to our Great Lakes region. What causes these changes? It appears that changes in the earth's orbit is one of the principal drivers. Carbon dioxide gets involved in various feedbacks, and sometimes is a primary driver, as from massive volcanic activity.

    In the last 100 years, mankind has been spewing zillions of tons of carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere. Such a sudden injection of this gas into the air has probably has never happened in geologic time. It is a product of combustion of fossil fuels, like coal and oil. We know that the additional CO2 (carbon dioxide) is from burning fossil fuels because of the specific isotopes of carbon that are emitted. What a grand experiment! What will happen? We can demonstrate in a high school science fair that CO2 traps heat. Measurements made all over the world for the last 50 or 100 years show a definite warming trend. Most glaciers are retreating...take a trip to Glacier National Park before they are all gone. The ocean level is creeping upward. The ocean is also growing more acidic as it absorbs C02. Animals are migrating to cooler areas ...like birds and the pika. The list of changes due to warming climate seem endless.

    Good for you for asking questions. Be curious, be skeptical, dig for the truth.

    Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change Class in climate change at www.weber.edu. Global Warming by John Houghton, 2009. www.skepticalscience.com
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Wow, was that former one very stupid.

    It's a fact that we are heating the planet up in a couple of ways.

    We know from computer models of how much added gas content to the air has x amount of effect. We have verified climate change through old trees and ice cores and knew the contents of the air to know it's effect on the earth.

    Now for your question. Without a doubt we are heating the planet up. There has not been any shifting in the planets orbit or it's tilt and we can tell how much pollutants we are adding to the air per day, per week, per year. We have a good idea how much is removed by trees and other scrubbing methods the earth uses to try to balance out the gases. We are putting way more into the air than can be removed.

    So as we continue to heat the earth the weather changes, It's noticeable how much it's changed if you take the time to look at it.

    The green belts we like to call the high food growth line should be migrating away from the equator, more north in the northern half and more to the south in the southern half of the globe. And cutting or gutting the rain forest of trees is so crazy a thing I've ever seen.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The reason why we still get cold winters is because the Earth has only warmed by about 1C in the last century. As a result, we should not be surprised when a place which used to get to -30C can now get to -29C.

    Does global warming cause climate change? Yes. It causes climates to warm. The reason why the planet does not warm every year and everywhere is because natural cycles have not stopped and we are seeing the combined effect of natural and anthropogenic forcings on weather and climate. Some place cooling is not caused by global warming. In fact, in the past several thousand years, warming in one part of the world was usually accompanied by cooling in some other part or the world. This regional variability happened in 1934 and during the Medieval Warm Period.

    http://www.skepticalscience.com/1934-hottest-year-...

    http://www.meteo.psu.edu/~mann/shared/articles/Man...

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  • 9 years ago

    Warmer temperatures will cause increased evaporation of water, which will change the salinity of lakes and other relatively "fixed" bodies of water, and will change precipitation patterns.

    Any change in temperature can change air currents, which will change most weather systems

    Glacier loss from warming can affect any areas that rely on glacial meltwater as a water source.

  • 9 years ago

    Global warming is a fraud. It is a for profit scheme. Climate Change is caused by the Sun. Climate change has always existed, even before this technology that is supposedly causing global Warming. The fact that people say Carbon causes global warming is sickening. People exhale carbon, plants breathe it. And we are supposed to believe this carbon is causing climate change and global warming.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfHW7KR33IQ

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    This is a video of the founder of the Weather Channel saying Global warming is a fraud. This man along with 30,000 scientists are suing Al gore for Global Warming fraud.

    This is an article saying science confirms sun causes climate change, not man's activities.

    http://www.livescience.com/1349-sun-blamed-warming...

    Please don't listen to all these people saying we need to lower carbon, It is a sick lie to make the biggest banks and corporations rich, along with Al Gore. Remember People exhale carbon, if carbon is bad people are bad by the environmentalists logic.

  • 9 years ago

    I have read in newspapers that due to global warming, uneven weather has come in existence.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    That is the claim, skeptics say it's not warming we are having a normal variation in the weather, So it's getting a little warmer, which will make earth a more pleasant place. Ice pack is shrinking a bit more than usual but that too is cyclic. As the ice pack grows into the ocean. the tide has increased leverage so after a few years a large floe breaks off and drifts north. Been doing it for centuries, will continue for centuries. Kooks have been predicting dire events on earth for as long as history records. Some day a group of kooks will be correct

    Source(s): mom
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The globe has been warming since the last ice age 100,000 years ago. The Arctic ice cap once came down as far as Wisconsin. I guess the Clovis Man and the mastadons had something to do with all that warming before I bought my pickup truck.

    The idea that this is caused by man is a crock.

  • 9 years ago

    Wow, was that former one very stupid.

    It's a fact that we are heating the planet up in a couple of ways.

    We know from computer models of how much added gas content to the air has x amount of effect. We have verified climate change through old trees and ice cores and knew the contents of the air to know it's effect on the earth.

    Now for your question. Without a doubt we are heating the planet up. There has not been any shifting in the planets orbit or it's tilt and we can tell how much pollutants we are adding to the air per day, per week, per year. We have a good idea how much is removed by trees and other scrubbing methods the earth uses to try to balance out the gases. We are putting way more into the air than can be removed.

    So as we continue to heat the earth the weather changes, It's noticeable how much it's changed if you take the time to look at it.

    The green belts we like to call the high food growth line should be migrating away from the equator, more north in the northern half and more to the south in the southern half of the globe. And cutting or gutting the rain forest of trees is so crazy a thing I've ever seen.

    Now for the very scary part. Are you old or young. I can not predict exact timeline because I do not have the numbers but here are a couple of very scary parts to watch for.

    One of the worst is the loss of glaciers in the mountain regions. This is as I see it one of the most serious problems that will hit the hardest because we need them for these very vital areas, fresh water to drink, to supply farms with and to generate power from the dams. When these go we loose food, drinking water and summer power generation. What we do get by then is mostly from rain and what little snow is there.

    China and more importantly in the short term India will loose most of their fresh water and massive death will hit those countries in about 50 years or so. If we do not have Fusion reactors in place and a lot of them we should loose about 1/4 of the worlds population in the next 50 to 100 years. We may loose a lot more if people start to fight over what fresh water is left and knowing how we act from history we will have many wars.

    China is already trying to shift their dropping water supply by spending a whopping 60 billion dollars in water irrigation projects and they know it's only a stop gap project.

    In India their glaciers are melting very fast now in their main river. Sorry don't know it's name.

    We have seen areas turning to desert, it started decades back in Africa and Spain. Their weather patters have shifted away from their normal patterns. But everyone knows about the problems in Africa and how many are starving. Their monsoons have shifted southwards and now it's mostly desert in Somalia and surrounding countries in the Africa area.

    We will see more powerful hurricanes and are already seeing water levels rise in the oceans. Just ask anyone living in Sea level states on the east coast of America. It's starting to flood streets on high tides on a regular basis from what I saw on TV.

    We are going to need to spend a lot of money we don't have investing in power generation because this is the only way we can live in anyway close to normal, because we will need to rapidly change over to electric cars or hydrogen powered cars, both need a lot of power to make them work on a large scale. We may need to pass a population control world wide law and enforce it to a degree some would call insane but that is a need to happen plan, we will not be able to support even the current population. If we don't do it voluntary we will do it with war, one way or the other. ugs on Fusion power because that is the best way we have of getting along with the changing planet we are seeing change.

    In about 100 years if we don't have a solid energy base and lessen the population we may blast our way back to the dark ages.

    I for one do NOT hope we are reincarnated. I do not want to come back to this planet in the next 20,000 years min.

    If we heat it up enough to release the huge methane pockets in the oceans we will run into a runaway heating that will most likely kill all life above the waterline.

    Three ways, Water loss for farming, electric power gen. from dams and clean drinking water.

    Weather shifts that move the air currents away from the equators changing where we grow food.

    Ocean water levels. We will reduce the land we use by a number that can probably be looked up or has already been done. We will loose a good amount of useable land mass.

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