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Climate Change – A Time Bomb

By definition, climate change is a long and lasting change in the weather patterns over a period of time; mostly decades. The change could relate to a general change in the average weather conditions but it could also relate to the changes in the distribution of weather. In the world of today, we are experiencing plenty of weather changes and some of these are rather extreme. It would be simple to pass this off as ordinary but over the decades, the changes have grown from minor to major. This is they there is increased attention being drawn to this subject.
Climate change is one of those aspects of the world that is not affected right away. Something that you do today may not affect the climate immediately or even a few years later. However if you do it consistently over a period of time, there are chances that you will notice substantial differences in the weather. Most times, these changes are experienced when there has been critical observation and analysis of the weather patterns. Scientists are generally on cue to try and study these changes so they can make predictions about what the climate might be like in the future. They usually rely on theoretical models as well as observations to come to these conclusions. Some of the processes they use to ascertain these changes include ice cores, stable isotope, glacial and periglacial processes, floral and faunal records as well as borehole temperature profiles.
To put the discussion on climate change in perspective, one ought to know that the energy that comes from the sun and the energy that is lost to space from earth create the equilibrium temperature that should exist on earth. This energy is carried around by the globe winds and the various ocean currents. There are internal forcing mechanisms as well as external forcing mechanisms that are responsible for the changes in the climate over a long period of time.