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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Then, of course, there’s the issue of limiting carbon emissions and global warming. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Coming crisis of coastal flooding: $1 trillion of real estate at risk by 2100," 18 June 2018 There are drastic political problems, global warming, etc. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Body Mind Spirit Expo in Tinley Park all about healing, empowering," 18 May 2018 Former Vice President Al Gore brought his slides and global warming message to Montgomery today, telling a cheering crowd that a shortsighted view of capitalism that puts profits ahead of long-range consequences has helped foster a climate crisis. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Al Gore brings global warming message to Montgomery," 27 Apr. 2018 From growing ingredients to preparing dishes to restaurant operations, the food industry accounts for nearly a third of the world’s carbon emissions—in a nutshell, a major culprit behind global warming. Marie Salcido, Sunset, "Eat at These Restaurants on Sunday to Benefit the Planet," 22 Jan. 2018 That is a welcome feature, though not the main aim, since the contribution of places like Narotoli to global warming is minuscule. The Economist, "Mini-grids could be a boon to poor people in Africa and Asia," 12 July 2018 Emissions from the fires were contributing to global warming, it was feared, and the harvesting of wood for cooking was helping to diminish forests, one of nature’s carbon-absorbing bulwarks against greenhouse gases. Sara Morrison, USA TODAY, "In developing world, an expensive push to reduce cooking fire deaths falls short," 13 July 2018 The bad news is that methane is a greenhouse gas that’s contributing to global warming. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How to capture the eerie nighttime clouds of climate change," 6 July 2018 No single record, in isolation, can be attributed to global warming. Author: Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, "Red-hot planet: Heat records have been set all over the world during the past week," 5 July 2018

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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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