Confusion exists between the words “Global Warming” and “Climate Change,” even among media sources that cover the subject. While there is considerable overlap, there are also significant variances.
Scientists use the phrase “global warming” to indicate a long-term increase in the Earth’s average air temperature, caused mostly by growing quantities of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The Sun’s rays provide the bulk of the heat on the planet’s surface, with the majority of it reflected back into space at night. Greenhouse gases, on the other hand, trap and reflect infrared light from the Earth’s surface, amplifying the greenhouse effect.