These include a relatively quiet period of solar activity and a measured increase in the amount of aerosols reflective particles in the atmosphere due to the cumulative effects of a succession of small volcanic eruptions. The observed warming in the lower atmosphere and cooling in the upper atmosphere provide us with key insights into the underlying causes of climate change and reveal that natural factors alone cannot explain the observed changes.
The wind changes include a recent strengthening of westerly winds, which reduces the amount of warm air from low latitudes penetrating into the southern high latitudes and alters the way in which ice moves away from the continent.
Deforestation and other land use changes have also released carbon from the biosphere living world where it normally resides for decades to centuries. We sometimes use this information to communicate with you, such as to notify you when you have won one of our contests, when we make changes to subscriber agreements, to fulfill a request by you for an online newsletter, or to contact you about your account with us.
Because the atmosphere stores very little heat, surface temperatures can be rapidly affected by heat uptake elsewhere in the climate system and by changes in external influences on climate such as particles formed from material lofted high into the atmosphere from volcanic eruptions.
Recent studies have also pointed to a number of other small cooling influences over the past decade or so. Global warming is a long-term trend, but that does not mean that every year will be warmer than the previous one. For instance, during the Last Glacial Maximum of 18, years ago, thermal-driven evaporation from the oceans onto continental landmasses was low, causing large areas of extreme desert, including polar deserts cold but with low rates of cloud cover and precipitation.
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Preventive and adaptive actions, such as setting up extreme weather early warning systems and improving water infrastructure, can reduce the severity of these impacts, but there are limits to the effectiveness of such actions in the face of some projected climate change threats. Most agronomists believe that agricultural production will be mostly affected by the severity and pace of climate change, not so much by gradual trends in climate.
The expected changes in climate are based on our understanding of how greenhouse gases trap heat. Cloud and Precipitation Past precipitation can be estimated in the modern era with the global network of precipitation gauges.
The figure on left shows projected warming with very aggressive emissions reductions.
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Vulnerability is a function of the character, magnitude, and rate of climate variation to which a system is exposed, its sensitivity, and its adaptive capacity. The present level of atmospheric CO2 concentration is almost certainly unprecedented in the past million years, during which time modern humans evolved and societies developed.
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Nevertheless, understanding for example, of cloud dynamics, and of climate variations on centennial and decadal timescales and on regional-to-local spatial scales remains incomplete.
The change in winds may result in part from the effects of stratospheric ozone depletion over Antarctica i. But, for prevent hunger, instability, new waves of Climate refugees international help to countries who will luck the money to buy enough food and stopping conflicts will be needed   see also Climate change adaptation.
Additional citations are used in the text of the chapter to substantiate this key message. Climate Change Policy Options. Observations show that the global average sea level has risen by about 20 cm 8 inches since the late 19th century. There is considerable uncertainty about how hurricanes are changing because of the large natural variability and the incomplete observational record.
A larger supercontinent will therefore have more area in which climate is strongly seasonal than will several smaller continents or islands. As the record shows, the recent increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration is unprecedented in the pastyears.
Arctic temperature anomalies over a year period as estimated by NASA. If the rise in CO2 continues unchecked, warming of the same magnitude as the increase out of the ice age can be expected by the end of this century or soon after.
As CO2 in the air has increased, there has been an increase in the CO2 content of the surface ocean upper boxand a decrease in the seawater pH lower box.
Numerous peer-reviewed publications indicate that a growing number of sectors, governments at all scales, and private and non-governmental actors are starting to undertake adaptation activity.
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