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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The 2015 Paris Agreement was a landmark moment in international diplomacy, bringing together governments with vastly different views to tackle global warming. Binaj Gurubacharya, The Seattle Times, "Third of Himalayan glaciers can no longer be saved: study," 6 Feb. 2019 The report does touch on the ways that adapting to change—or taking action to limit global warming—can reduce these risks. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "US tries to bury report on climate change’s dire health, economic impacts," 26 Nov. 2018 Take global warming: Public concern over climate change is rising in the wake of wildfires and floods. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The World Is Getting Quietly, Relentlessly Better," 2 Jan. 2019 The delay on the cap would in theory help move France from fossil fuels, which Macron wants to do to fight global warming, and toward renewables without increasing the price of energy too much. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "France’s Macron tries to ease popular anger over gas prices," 27 Nov. 2018 That would further worsen global warming, further thawing the Arctic – and so on. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "The Arctic is full of toxic mercury, and climate change is going to release it," 6 Feb. 2018 The likelihood of these extreme weather events are increasingly being tied to manmade global warming, mostly through overproduction of carbon dioxide. David Biello, Scientific American, "Storm Warnings: Climate Change and Extreme Weather," 12 Nov. 2012 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

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

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