A Brief Introduction to Climate Change and Global Warming

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    Knowing how much carbon and other greenhouse gases your company emits into the atmosphere is one component of running a green business. The terms “global warming,” “climate change,” and “greenhouse gases” are all well-known, but because they are frequently used interchangeably, it can be challenging to determine exactly what they signify. Therefore, prior to taking any action to reduce emissions from the firm, it is crucial to comprehend these terms. Below is a list of the most frequently used words:

    • Global Warming:

    It is the term used to describe a general warming of the earth based on the average surface temperature. Both natural and man-made factors contribute to global warming, with the main man-made factor being an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. By forming a coating all around the earth, these gases capture solar energy that would otherwise radiate into space and raise temperatures.

    • Climate Change:

    Despite the fact that the terms “climate change” and “global warming” are frequently used interchangeably, they do not always mean the same thing. Long-term regional variations in climate, including those in temperature, humidity, wind, rainfall, and extreme weather occurrences, are referred to as climate change. Climate change, like global warming, has both natural and man-made causes, with the latter being attributed to rising greenhouse gas concentrations. Volcanoes, ocean currents, and continental drift are examples of natural sources of climate change.

    • Greenhouse Gases:

    Greenhouse gases are the primary contributors to climate change and global warming because they block the release of solar radiation into space. While some greenhouse gases, like chlorofluorocarbons, are created artificially, others, like carbon dioxide and water vapor, are produced naturally by the environment. While certain greenhouse gases are produced naturally, human activity, such as burning coal, oil, natural gas, and wood, has changed the number of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

    • Air Pollution:

    This issue is connected because many of the pollutants that cause smog and poor air quality are also greenhouse gases that accelerate global warming. Although discussions on air pollution typically center on visibility and air quality, lowering emissions that contribute to it will also lower greenhouse gas concentrations.

    • Ozone Depletion:

    Although unrelated to climate change and global warming, ozone depletion is a distinct issue. A gaseous layer in the high atmosphere called the ozone layer absorbs ultraviolet light. The more ultraviolet light that reaches the earth as a result of ozone layer loss can harm crops and result in health issues including skin cancer. Ozone is a greenhouse gas that is more localized on Earth and contributes to global warming.


    The good news is that ozone depletion is now recognized as an issue, and steps have been taken to safeguard the ozone layer. Yet, climate change continues to be a significant environmental issue that requires greater attention. The first step in determining how your green business may contribute to resolving these difficulties is to have a basic awareness of these words.