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Climate Change by Kaufaui Vincent Wong

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Chapter 2

Climate Changeand Theories

Kaufui V. Wong and M. Jacqueline Pape

2.1 Introduction

Natural climate variability causes the Earth’s climate to change on all time scales, both long term and short term. Naturally occurring fluctuations have always existed and have caused temporary and cyclical regional and global changes in temperature, average precipitation, and other weather phenomena. It is very likely that the interglacial and glacial events that occurred hundreds of thousands of years ago occurred due to natural climate change cycles. Throughout several millennia, the Earth’s climate has been fluctuating between extreme periods of cold and extreme periods of warmth. However, the question now being posed is whether the recent trends ...

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