Is this just part of a natural cycle? How much of this warming is due to the burning of fossil fuels? Is human nature affecting Mother Nature? What should we do? What challenges will our children have to face? Our response to global warming begins by formulating the right set of questions.
The first step in addressing the issue of global warming is to recognize that the warming pattern, if it continues, will probably not be uniform. The term "global warming" only tells part of the story; our attention should be focused on "global climate change." This refers more to the redistribution of heat over the Earth's surface rather than the gradual rise in global temperature and sea level. Some spots will warm, while others will cool; these changes, and the accompanying shifts in rainfall patterns, could relocate agricultural regions across the planet.
For more information on global climate change, see NASA's Global Climate Change website.
Global Warming or Global Climate Change?