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48 Terms on Climate Change: What I Should Learn


(Photo: Kathryn Mersmann/NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio)

It’s very important to know the meaning and understand the concepts of many terms, abbreviations, and acronyms relevant to climate change topics to fully understand the debates, talks, and critics on climate change.

Some terms definition are easy to follow but the concepts behind it can be overwhelming to be fully understood. Here is a list of some of the most used terms on climate change topics with its simple definitions that you should learn.


Weather refers to atmospheric conditions in the short term. Changes in such as temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind, cloudiness, wind, visibility, and other meteorological conditions.


Climate is different from weather. Climate is the average weather patterns over a longer period.


The atmosphere refers to the gaseous envelope surrounding the Earth. The atmosphere consists of nitrogen (78.1%), oxygen (20.9%), water vapor (1%), argon (0.93%), helium, carbon dioxide (0.035%)…

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