Global Warming vs Climate Change

We have all heard the terms "global warming" and "climate change" before, and perhaps even used them interchangably. Maybe you've noticed an increase in the use of the term "climate change" over "global warming" recently, which can even be seen by their swap in which one  has been showing up more often in Google searches:

Much of the change that has resulted in more people refering to the gradual warming of Earth's global temperature as climate change instead of global warming has come from an incease in impacts of climate change that aren't actually warming - examples of this might be more intense tropical storms, the droughts that have occurred and caused the increase in wildfires, or increased variablility in weather around the world. The term climate change can account for all of those different variables, and while in its official meaning the term global warming can as well, it still leads people who hear it to more limited thoughts of specifically rising temperatures. This is particularly obvious when looking at the Twitter account of the US President when it's cold out, as you can see on the right. 

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