climate and change

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climatologist
a scientist who is an expert in climate change
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continental climate
a climate consisting of hot summers and cold winters.
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desertification
fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture.
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environmental refugee
Someone who has been forced to leave their home due to environmental disruption.
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greenhouse effect
the atmosphere of a planet traps radiation emitted by its sun, caused by gases such as carbon dioxide, water vapor, and methane that allow incoming sunlight to pass through but retain heat radiated back from the planet's surface.
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global warming
a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth's atmosphere.
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greenhouse gases
A gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect by absorbing infra-red radiation.
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interglacials
A period of warmer temperatures that separate glacial periods.
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megafauna
large mammals of a particular region, habitat or geological period.
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milankovitch cycles
changes in the way the earth orbits the sun, that define the sequence of ice ages and warm periods.
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quaternary
the period of geological time from 2.6 million years ago to the present.
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stratosphere
layer of air 10-50 km above the earths surface.
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ecosystem
community of living organisms interacting as a system.
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food chain
a series of living organisms each dependent on the next as a source of food
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air mass
a body of air with horizontally uniform levels of temperature, humidity and pressure.
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urban heat island
a metropolitan area that is significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas due to human activities
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a climate consisting of hot summers and cold winters.

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continental climate

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fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture.

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Someone who has been forced to leave their home due to environmental disruption.

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the atmosphere of a planet traps radiation emitted by its sun, caused by gases such as carbon dioxide, water vapor, and methane that allow incoming sunlight to pass through but retain heat radiated back from the planet's surface.

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