- a long-term change in the earth's climate, especially a change due to an increase in the average atmospheric temperature: Melting glaciers imply that life in the Arctic is affected by climate change.
Origin of climate change
First recorded in 1980–85
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Examples from the Web for climate change
One other interesting fact is the racial disparity in climate-change belief.Extreme Weather? Blame the End Times
November 28, 2014
They have made Keystone XL the poster child of their climate-change efforts.Why the Keystone XL Pipeline May Not Be Built
November 19, 2014
The climate-change denial caucus would likely grow larger and more radical.
Inhofe is not just a climate-change denier; he is a warrior for corporate-funded half-truths and outright lies.
It seems that every major weather-related event becomes a skirmish in the climate-change wars.The Real Climate-Change Lesson from the Oklahoma Tornado
Andrew T. Guzman
May 22, 2013
Word Origin and History for climate change
1983, in the modern "global warming" sense.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper