Global Climate

Global climate has changed in the past, is changing now and will change in the future. The magnitude and direction of change are not the same at all locations on Earth. Human impacts are playing an increasing role in climate change. Future changes in climate may be rapid compared to historical changes.

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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
Draft Revised American Samoa Science Standards Regional/National Standards or Framework Climate Science, Earth System Science (ESS), Climate Impacts, Earth's Matter, Energy and the Earth System, Earth's Biosphere, Earth's Climate, Atmosphere, Geosphere, Water Cycle, Carbon Cycle, Solar Energy Input, Atmospheric Energy Circulation, Ocean Thermal Energy, Radiation Energy Outflow (Greenhouse Effect), Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Major Aquatic Ecosystems, Global Climate, Home and National Security, Fresh Water and Food Security, Ecosystems and Biodiversity Impacts PCEP
Alignment of Draft Revised American Samoa Science Standards with PCEP Climate Education Framework at Middle School Level Regional/National Standards or Framework, PCEP Planning/Coordination Climate Science, Earth System Science (ESS), Climate Impacts, Systems, Climate and ESS, Earth's Matter, Energy and the Earth System, Earth's Biosphere, Earth's Climate, Atmosphere, Geosphere, Water Cycle, Carbon Cycle, Earth's Energy Budget, Solar Energy Input, Atmospheric Energy Circulation, Reflection Energy Outflow, Radiation Energy Outflow (Greenhouse Effect), Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Major Aquatic Ecosystems, Life Affects Climate, Weather and Climate, Regional Climates, Global Climate, Home and National Security, Fresh Water and Food Security, Ecosystems and Biodiversity Impacts, Public Health, Economic Impacts PCEP

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Gradual changes in Earth's rotation and orbit around the Sun change the intensity of sunlight received in our planet's polar and equatorial regions. For at least the last 1 million years, these cha... Explanation Earth's Energy Budget, Global Climate Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
Covering 70% of Earth's surface, the ocean exerts a major control on climate by dominating Earth's energy and water cycles. It has the capacity to absorb large amounts of solar energy. Heat and wat... Explanation Water Cycle, Ocean Thermal Energy, Global Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
The interconnectedness of Earth's systems means that a significant change in any one component of the climate system can influence the equilibrium of the entire Earth system. Positive (also called ... Explanation Changes in Systems, Climate and ESS, Global Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
Changes in climate can affect the health and function of ecosystems and the survival of entire species. The distribution patterns of fossils show evidence of gradual as well as abrupt extinctions r... Explanation Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Global Climate, Investigating Climate, Ecosystems/Biodiversity Impacts: Temperature Changes, Ecosystems/Biodiversity Impacts: Water Cycle Changes Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
A range of natural records show that the last 10,000 years have been an unusually stable period in Earth's climate history.Modern human societies developed during this time. The agricultural, econo... Explanation Weather and Climate, Global Climate, Economy Impacts: Temperature Changes, Economy Impacts: Water Cycle Changes Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
Based on evidence from tree rings, other natural records, and scientific observations made around the world, Earth's average temperature is now warmer than it has been for at least the past 1,300 y... Explanation Global 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
The components and processes of Earth's climate system are subject to the same physical laws as the rest of the Universe. Therefore, the behavior of the climate system can be understood and predict... Explanation Global Climate, Investigating Climate Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
Observations, experiments, and theory are used to construct and refine computer models that represent the climate system and make predictions about its future behavior. Results from these models le... Explanation Global Climate Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
Scientific observations indicate that global climate has changed in the past, is changing now, and will change in the future. The magnitude and direction of this change is not the same in all locat... Explanation Global Climate Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science PCEP
As the name implies, global climate refers to the conditions of climate averaged over the entire planet for a particular period of time. Some confusion and uncertainties occur because we tend to fo... Explanation Global Climate Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Climate Science Overview PCEP
Scientific observations indicate that global climate has changed in the past, is changing now and will change in the future. The magnitude and direction of change are not the same at all locations ... Explanation Global 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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