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Climate change

The climate of a place or region is changed if over an extended period (typically decades or longer) there is a statistically significant change in measurements of either the mean state or variability of the climate for that place or region.

Changes in climate may be due to natural processes or to persistent anthropogenic changes in atmosphere or in land use. Note that the definition of climate change used in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is more restricted, as it includes only those changes which are attributable directly or indirectly to human activity.

Recommended readings:

Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction. UNISDR. 2008

We only have one earth: justice and climate change. ITDG. 2007 (In Spanish)

Climate Change as Security Risk. WBGU. 2008

Climate Change Synthesis Report. IPCC. 2007