What is climate change?. Climate change is the fastest-developing area of environmental science Climate = an area’s long-term atmospheric conditions Temperature, moisture, wind, precipitation, etc. Weather = short-term conditions at localized sites
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Models simulate climate processes to predict climate change
Projected increases in surface temperature for 2090–2099 relative to 1980–1999
Precipitation will increase at high latitudes and decrease at low and middle latitudes
The Arctic has suffered the most so far
U.S. temperatures will continue to rise
A coal-fired, electricity-generating power plant