Global Warming vs. Climate Change

Sophie Leigh

Global warming and climate change are most often known as the same thing, but in reality, there is a very big difference. Global warming is the long-term heating of the earth’s surface. It has been observed since pre-industrial times (1885-1900). Global warming is caused mainly by human activity. Fossil fuels and greenhouse gases are raising the number of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.

Although climate change and global warming are often mixed up with each other, climate change is an entirely different thing. Climate change is the long term change on weather patterns. Both climate change and global warming are caused by human activity and fossil fuels. With the rise of global warming the heat that’s being trapped in our atmosphere is causing the weather to be warmer and rises sea levels and frequently causing more extreme weather (hurricanes, floods, heatwaves and wildfires).