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

Examples of global warming in a Sentence

World leaders will address the problem of global warming.

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According to its website, the goal is to make the Paris agreement — a plan to confront global warming and achieve climate neutrality — a reality. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "15-Year-Old Activist Greta Thunberg Schooled World Leaders on Climate Change at a United Nations Summit," 5 Dec. 2018 Modi has also spoken out about the dangers of climate change and the need for measures to combat global warming. Swati Gupta, CNN, "India's Modi calls for crackdown on plastic pollution on World Environment Day," 5 June 2018 Cows fart, and also burp around 100 to 200 kilograms of methane a year each, which is a big problem for global warming. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Farts: which animals do, which don’t, and why," 3 Apr. 2018 Case in point: The comedian responded to Trump's illogical remarks about global warming with some sound advice. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "17 Celebrities Who've Clapped Back at Donald Trump," 23 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of global warming

1952, in the meaning defined above

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global warming

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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

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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