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Climate Change - KS3
Key terms and definitions to support the KS3 Climate Change Unit
Terms in this set (20)
Actions taken to readjust to climate change to reduce the negative impacts of climate change
Current period of time in which human activity has a dominant influence on climate and the environment.
Chemicals in the earth's atmosphere (including oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen etc.)
A long time change in the earth's climate (an increase or decrease in average temperature)
A climate 'pattern' cycling between colder periods (glacials) and warm periods (inter-glacials)
Study of tree rings—can be used to infer climate change.
The amount of land and water it takes to support people or a place in terms of the resources consumed and absorption of waste generated.
Enhanced Greenhouse Effect
The increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere due to human activities causing more heat to be trapped.
A period of very cold conditions when ice covers large parts of the earth's surface
An increase in the earth's overall average temperature
Trapping of sun's energy in the atmosphere due to greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane.
A period of extreme cold global temperatures
Cylinder of ice drilled from an ice sheet
A period of warmer temperature between two glacial periods
An international treaty setting limits on greenhouse gas emissions (signed in 1997)
Action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (i.e. tackling the cause of climate change.
The path of the earth's orbit around the sun varies over time—which can cause changes in climate
Any form of moisture falling from the atmosphere— including rain, sleet and snow.
Period of geological time from 2.6 million years ago to today.
Amount of solar radiation from the sun. When there are sun spots (dark patches on the sun) more radiation is released.
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