- the composite or generally prevailing weather conditions of a region, as temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, sunshine, cloudiness, and winds, throughout the year, averaged over a series of years.
- a region or area characterized by a given climate: to move to a warm climate.
- the prevailing attitudes, standards, or environmental conditions of a group, period, or place: a climate of political unrest.
Origin of climate
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As uncovered by the climate blog desmogblog, the Ethical Oil meme dates to a 2010 book by Ezra Levant.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
From Ann Coulter on Ebola to evangelicals on climate change, 2014 was full of award-worthy science denialism.
She seems to think that “climate science” is “long range weather forecasting.”
Sadly, this choice between growth and climate change may not be necessary.
It would be difficult to find an issue with less resonance with the vast majority of voters than climate change.
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.
Alike as to formation, aspect, and climate, the Causses are unique in France.'The Roof of France
A fruit and vegetable diet seems sufficient in this climate.In the Heart of Vosges
Snowdon was 600 feet greater, and the climate was much colder and more rigorous.
The land appears to have risen, and the climate became colder.
- the long-term prevalent weather conditions of an area, determined by latitude, position relative to oceans or continents, altitude, etc
- an area having a particular kind of climate
- a prevailing trend or current of feelingthe political climate
Word Origin and History for climate
late 14c., "horizontal zone of the earth," Scottish, from Old French climat "region, part of the earth," from Latin clima (genitive climatis) "region; slope of the Earth," from Greek klima "region, zone," literally "an inclination, slope," thus "slope of the Earth from equator to pole," from root of klinein "to slope, to lean" (see lean (v.)).
The angle of sun on the slope of the Earth's surface defined the zones assigned by early geographers. Early references in English, however, are in astrology works, as each of the seven (then) climates was held to be under the influence of one of the planets. Shift from "region" to "weather associated with a region" perhaps began in Middle English, certainly by c.1600.
- The general or average weather conditions of a certain region, including temperature, rainfall, and wind. On Earth, climate is most affected by latitude, the tilt of the Earth's axis, the movements of the Earth's wind belts, the difference in temperatures of land and sea, and topography. Human activity, especially relating to actions relating to the depletion of the ozone layer, is also an important factor.