Fact check: False claim the term ‘global warming’ was rebranded to ‘climate change’ – USA TODAY

by | Jan 6, 2023 | Climate Change

The claim: The term ‘global warming’ was switched to ‘climate change’ because the Earth wasn’t getting any hotterA Dec. 24 Instagram post (direct link, archive link) features a screenshot of a tweet that claims the term “global warming” was switched to “climate change” because the Earth wasn’t actually getting warmer.”Remember that time that they had to rebrand ‘Global Warming’ into ‘Climate Change’ because it wasn’t actually getting any hotter and their fear-mongering didn’t make any sense?” reads the tweet. “I do.”The Instagram post received over 11,000 likes in three days. The original tweet garnered over 1,000 retweets in four days.Follow us on Facebook! Like our page to get updates throughout the day on our latest debunksOur rating: FalseClimate scientists often prefer the term “climate change” to “global warming” because it encompasses more variations in the climate than just warming, but both terms have been used for decades. The Earth is warming at an unprecedented rate, according to experts.Global warming and climate change The terms “global warming” and “climate change” have different meanings. Both of them have been used since at least the 1970s.Climate change refers to long-term changes in the climate, like precipitation, temperature and wind patterns. Global warming, on the other hand, is “just one aspect of climate change,” according to the U.S. Geological Survey.”‘Global warming’ refers to the rise in global temperatures due mainly to the increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,” the write-up goes on to say.In 2005, the National Academies of Sciences published a report that explained the preference for “climate change” in the scientific community is because it helps convey that there are changes in addition to rising temperature.” The Environmental Protection Agency notes the frequency, duration and intensity of heat waves have increased in the U.S. since the 1960s. “Heat waves are occurring more than they used to in major cities across the United States,” reads the agency’s website. “Extreme weather events such as heat waves and large storms are likely to become more frequent or more intense with human-induced climate change.”The EPA, for example, has used “climate change” on its page on the topic since 2006, when it used that to replace the “global warming” label and cited the 2005 academy of sciences report.The term “global warming” first …

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