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Climate Change and Its Impacts
“Don’t like the weather? Just wait five minutes!” It’s a joke that weathers well because the weather is always changing. Climate change, however, refers to changes in the Earth’s climate over long periods of time — 30 years and more — by measuring such factors as temperature, precipitation, humidity and atmospheric pressure and determining the average conditions, range of conditions and trends.
Climate experts have concluded that the Earth’s climate is now on a warming trend, and there are consequences for natural systems and human communities. By gaining a better understanding of climate change and its impacts in different regions, public and private sector leaders can help their communities prepare.
For resources on climate change and what it means close to home, see:
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Source: Working Group I, International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)