Global warming and climate change are often used loosely and confused with one another. However, global warming is the long-term warming of the planet where climate change is the broader range of changes that are happening to our planet. For instance, rising sea levels, shrinking mountain glaciers, shifts in flower/plant blooming times and accelerating ice melt in Greenland, Antarctica and the Arctic are all elements that determine climate change. Essentially these factors become consequences of what is global warming, which is caused by the burning of fossil fuels and allowing heat-trapping gases into the air.

Some have wondered if the sun takes part in global warming and the answer is no. The sun is a giver of life and assists in keeping the planet warm enough for us to survive. It is also a great source of energy that people can use to power their homes. This is an effective method to help reduce greenhouse gases to fight against climate change. Think about how much energy your home uses, the effects it has on our planet and make a change today.

Learn more about climate change and global warming at climate.nasa.gov.

Also, read “How Does Climate Change Affect the Foods We Eat?” to learn the affects climate change has on agriculture.