What's the difference between global warming and climate change? From our Summer 2010 E-Newsletter
Depending on who is talking, there can be an enormous difference or no difference at all. A lot of people, including many journalists who write about the topic, use the two terms interchangeably. When reporters first began talking about how humans seemed to be doing things that result in heating up the planet, the term they usually used was global warming. That's because the basic effect of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide is to do exactly that. They trap more and more of the Sun's energy and drive the average temperature of the planet upward.