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climate

[klī′mit]
Etymology: Gk, klima, inclination
1 a composite of the prevailing weather conditions that characterize any particular geographic region, including air pressure, temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and humidity. Because these factors affect health, they must be considered in the diagnosis and treatment of certain illnesses, especially those affecting respiration.
2 the general condition surrounding something, as in a climate of goodwill. climatic, adj.

climate

the general meteorological conditions prevailing in a given area.

climate

the total environmental effect of ambient temperature, barometric pressure, radiation, oxygen concentration, water precipitation, humidity, wind speed, wind direction and sunlight hours or cloud cover. Called also weather.

climate classes
includes tropical, semitropical, desert, arid, semiarid, temperate, subarctic, arctic, polar.
climate envelope
the range of climatic variation in which a species can persist in the face of competitors, predators and disease.
climate impact
includes overall statements of total effect of climate such as wind-chill index, temperature-humidity index, effective temperature.

Patient discussion about climate

Q. If you are an asthmatic, is it better to live in a cold climate or hot climate?

A. Well, I'm not a doctor and I guess you should consult one cause each patient can get allergic asthma from different things but as an asthmatic I can tell you it's not necessarily has to do with cold/warm tough humidity and haziness are definitely important factors for some of us. I tend to get more attacks in places with these factors and in my country, the city which is considered with the "best air" for asthmatics has a dry and cold weather...

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Candace Major, from the US National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, which funded the research, said: "The last century stands out as the anomaly in this record of global temperature since the end of the last Ice Age.
The rule of thumb is that we lose 10 per cent of global food production for every rise in average global temperature of 1C.
I'd be interested to know where the evidence is for his statement "average global temperatures have not risen since 1997".
The Met Office also predicted a rapid return to long-term warming for global temperatures and an increased probability of record temperatures after 2009.
He said: "The polar bear survived the Holocene period when global temperatures were at their height and is still with us today.
The average global temperature also increased by just under 1AC since Victorian times.
The center studied possible global temperature changes during the next 100 years and how they would affect the habitats of aquatic birds, based on a global warming scenario predicted by British meteorological authorities.
The Global Temperature Sensor market has also been witnessing technological advancement.
he Tempo Analytics and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research study said three factors - El NiAno, volcanic eruptions and variations in the Sun's brightness- were led to short-term fluctuations in global temperature.
The ICM survey for The Sunday Telegraph revealed that 46% of those questioned did not believe mankind was largely responsible for the global temperature rise.
So now that the pied piper and guru of global warming has admitted that global temperature computer models are not reliable in predicting future temperature changes, what will happen?

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