IB Definitions - S3 Patterns in environmental quality and sustainability

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Geography (Core) Flashcards on IB Definitions - S3 Patterns in environmental quality and sustainability, created by kirsten w on 01/12/2017.

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Climate change Long-term sustained change in the average global climate
Natural greenhouse effect The property of the Earth's atmosphere by which long wavelength heat rays from the Earth's surface are trapped or reflected back by the atmosphere
Enhanced greenhouse effect Results from human activities that increase the concentration of naturally occurring greenhouse gases and leads to global warming and climate change
Global warming The increase in the average temperature of the Earth's near-surface air in the 20th and early 21st centuries and its projected continuation
Tipping point The point at which the damage done to global systems by climate change becomes irreversible
Insolation The heat energy from the sun consisting of the visible spectrum together with ultraviolet and infrared rays