global warming


Definition of global warming

: an increase in the earth's atmospheric and oceanic temperatures widely predicted to occur due to an increase in the greenhouse effect resulting especially from pollution

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World leaders will address the problem of global warming.

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Also, many of the products being created (like cars) are inherently bad for the environment and add to the ever increasing issue of global warming. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Capitalism?," 7 Jan. 2019 These are the kids who are going to have to solve global warming, to work in jobs that don't even exist yet. Mary Kaye Schilling, Town & Country, "T&C 50: John Legend Reimagines Learning," 7 Apr. 2015 Of course, the finding has another implication: Humanity has taken its first step into another ecological threshold, one of harsher natural disasters caused by global warming. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Humanity's Secret Weapon Is Surviving in Tough Climates," 31 July 2018 In the wake devastating hurricane and wildfire seasons fueled by global warming, Democratic voters are more motivated by climate change than ever before. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Can Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Save The Planet?," 3 July 2018 Scientists believe some sort of environmental stress caused sea stars to become more susceptible to the pathogen, like warmer water, ocean acidification or other changes caused by global warming. Peter Fimrite,, "Starfish on California coast, nearly wiped out by mystery illness, make stunning recovery," 22 June 2018 Over half the sage brush on which the grouse feeds has been lost and much of what remains has been degraded by agriculture, industry and invasive grasses fortified by global warming. The Economist, "The parable of the sage grouse," 3 May 2018 Marine heat waves caused by global warming killed off and damaged corals in 2016. Steve George, CNN, "Australia to invest millions in Great Barrier Reef restoration and protection," 30 Apr. 2018 But due to natural subsidence and the higher tides caused by global warming, the city is more vulnerable to flooding than ever before. Marcello Rossi, WIRED, "Will a Huge New Flood Barrier Save Venice?," 5 Apr. 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of global warming

: the recent increase in the world's temperature that is believed to be caused by the increase of certain gases (such as carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere

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Kids Definition of global warming

: a warming of the earth's atmosphere and oceans that is thought to be a result of air pollution

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