global warming

noun

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 A Russian-owned tanker, built to traverse the frozen waters of the Arctic, completed a journey in record time from Europe to Asia this month, auguring the future of shipping as global warming melts sea ice.— Russell Goldman Debates about stem cells, global warming, and alternative energy might be less contentious if the scientific issues behind them were better understood.— Elizabeth Gettelman The development is also meant to boost tourism in Zermatt, which, like many Alpine towns worried about the effects of global warming on winter tourism, is exploring ways to draw visitors throughout the year.— Jim Rendon … I think it makes a compelling case, at least for most audiences, that humans are the cause of most of the global warming that is taking place, and that unless we take quick action the consequences for our planetary home could become irreversible.— Al Gore

Examples of global warming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists say reducing methane emissions is the quickest way to slow global warming. Ella Nilsen And Angela Dewan, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 The social and environment bill is the heart of Biden's push to beef up federal efforts to help families and slow global warming. Alan Fram, ajc, 6 Oct. 2021 The social and environment bill is the heart of Biden’s push to beef up federal efforts to help families and slow global warming. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Oct. 2021 The new rule announced Thursday follows through on a law Congress passed last year and is intended to decrease U.S. production and use of hydrofluorocarbons by 85% over the next 15 years, part of a global phaseout designed to slow global warming. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 24 Sep. 2021 The new rule announced Thursday follows through on a law Congress passed last year and is intended to decrease U.S. production and use of HFCs by 85% over the next 15 years, part of a global phaseout designed to slow global warming. Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Sep. 2021 The new rule, which follows through on a law Congress passed last year, is intended to decrease U.S. production and use of HFCs by 85% over the next 15 years, part of a global phaseout designed to slow global warming. Matthew Daly, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Sep. 2021 The administration is also making a big push to include huge investments to slow global warming in the multitrillion-dollar infrastructure spending measures Biden is pushing Congress to approve. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, 11 July 2021 With vast quantities of flat land, rural areas are ideal locations for solar and wind farms that can produce the renewable energy needed to phase out fossil fuels and slow down global warming, environmental advocates say. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of global warming

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Global warming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/global%20warming. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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global warming

noun

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

global warming

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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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