Climate change is often used to describe a significant change in the earth’s climate. Global warming is often used to describe the same thing.
Climate change represents a change in these long-term weather patterns. They can become warmer or colder. Annual amounts of rainfall or snowfall can increase or decrease. Climate change, in current terms, refers to the warming of our climate in a relatively short period of time. The warming is due to natural processes – and human activities contribute to the acceleration of some and the increased dire consequences of others.