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

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Recent Examples on the Web Delta, the latest in a recent flurry of rapidly intensifying Atlantic hurricanes that scientists largely blame on global warming, appeared destined to set records at landfall. Arkansas Online, "Louisiana braces to relive a nightmare as Delta nears," 9 Oct. 2020 Delta, the latest in a recent flurry of rapidly intensifying Atlantic hurricanes that scientists largely blame on global warming, appeared destined to set records at landfall. Rebecca Santana, Anchorage Daily News, "For the 6th time this hurricane season, Louisiana prepares for the worst," 9 Oct. 2020 Texas' State Board of Education members have clashed over the years over how to include various scientific lessons, including on global warming. Vandana Ravikumar, Dallas News, "Texas earns an ‘F’ in how it teaches students about climate change, groups say," 8 Oct. 2020 The effects of global warming in the Arctic are so severe that the region is shifting to a different climate, one characterized less by ice and snow and more by open water and rain, scientists said. Henry Fountain New York Times, Star Tribune, "Arctic shifting to a new climate because of global warming," 17 Sep. 2020 The Duke of Cambridge will be joined by famous faces such as Al Gore, Jaden Smith, and Chris Hemsworth, to discuss the need to combat global warming. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Will Speak at a TED Talk About Climate Change," 15 Sep. 2020 The effects of global warming in the Arctic are so severe that the region is shifting to a different climate, one characterized less by ice and snow and more by open water and rain, scientists said Monday. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "The Arctic Is Shifting to a New Climate Because of Global Warming," 14 Sep. 2020 Going a step further, Martin proposed that using iron to trigger diatom blooms might help combat global warming. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 3 Jan. 2020 Eric Roston and Laura Millan write the Climate Report newsletter about the impact of global warming. Eric Roston, Bloomberg.com, "The Marine Scientist on a Mission to Cure the Oceans," 28 Sep. 2020

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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 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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