Life Affects Climate

Organisms generally affect the physical environment in which they live. Some of these interactions can have major effects on the local climate. The overwhelming consensus of scientific climate studies indicates that human activities are affecting global climate, mainly by changing Earth’s carbon cycle.

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Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science Regional/National Standards or Framework, Overview/Summary Document Climate Science, Climate Impacts, Climate and ESS, Earth's Climate, Earth's Ice, Carbon Cycle, Radiation Energy Outflow (Greenhouse Effect), Life Affects Climate, Weather and Climate, Global Climate, Investigating Climate, Learning Objectives, STEM National Learning Objectives PCEP
Washington State K-12 Science Learning Standards Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Regional/National Standards or Framework Earth System Science (ESS), Systems, Atmosphere, Geosphere, Water Cycle, Carbon Cycle, Atmospheric Energy Circulation, Ocean Thermal Energy, Radiation Energy Outflow (Greenhouse Effect), Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Life Affects Climate, Weather and Climate, Global Climate, Investigating Climate, Learning Objectives, STEM National Learning Objectives PCEP
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Life - including microbes, plants, and animals and humans - is a major driver of the global carbon cycle and can influence global climate by modifying the chemical makeup of the atmosphere. The geo... Explanation Atmosphere, Carbon Cycle, Life Affects Climate Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
Natural processes that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere operate slowly when compared to the processes that are now adding it to the atmosphere. Thus, carbon dioxide introduced into the atm... Explanation Carbon Cycle, Life Affects Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
Airborne particles, called "aerosols," have a complex effect on Earth's energy balance: they can cause both cooling, by reflecting incoming sunlight back out to space, and warming, by absorbing hea... Explanation Atmosphere, Reflection Energy Outflow, Life Affects Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
Natural processes driving Earth's long-term climate variability do not explain the rapid climate change observed in recent decades. The only explanation that is consistent with all available eviden... Explanation Life Affects Climate, Global Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
Human activities have affected the land, oceans, and atmosphere, and these changes have altered global climate patterns. Burning fossil fuels, releasing chemicals into the atmosphere, reducing the ... Explanation Life Affects Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
Some changes resulting from human activities have decreased the capacity of the environment to support various species and have substantially reduced ecosystem diversity and ecological resilience. ... Explanation Life Affects Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
The overwhelming consensus of scientific studies on climate indicate that most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the latter part of the 20th century is very likely due t... Explanation Life Affects Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
Within an ecosystem or a biome, the organisms that live in a particular location generally affect the physical environment in which they live. Some of these interactions can have major effects on t... Explanation Life Affects Climate Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Science Overview PCEP
Global warming is unequivocal and primarily human-induced. Global temperature has increased over the past 50 years. The observed increase is due primarily to human-induced emissions of heat-tra... Research Finding Radiation Energy Outflow (Greenhouse Effect), Life Affects Climate, Global Climate Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States: Highlights PCEP
Future climate change and its impacts depend on choices made today. The amount and rate of future climate change depends primarily on current and future human-caused emissions of heat-trapping gase... Explanation Climate Impacts, Life Affects Climate, Global Climate, How can communities reduce the extent of climate change? Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States: Highlights PCEP

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