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French Equivalent: Changement climatique

A change in the state of the climate that can be identified (e.g., by using statistical tests) by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer.

Climate change may be due to natural internal processes or external forcings, or to persistent anthropogenic changes in the composition of the atmosphere or in land use.

It is frequently used for the change in climate apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

Source Publication:
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2012. Glossary of Terms
Oxford Dictionaries, n.d. [website] Available at: http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/climate%2Bchange.

Cross References:
Greenhouse effect


Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, April 9, 2013