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A selection of sources concerning legislation and different perspectives around the topic of climate change.

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Law and Legislation:
this tab covers the legal aspects of climate change.

Social and Science Aspects:
this tab covers highly selected scientific, moral, ethical, societal and religious views and includes breaking news.

Global warming = the increase in energy retained in the Earth system due to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, resulting in a rise in temperatures.
Climate change = the impacts resulting from that increase in retained energy and rise in temperatures.

Weather is not the same as climate!
Weather is the combination of the current meteorological components, e.g. temperature, wind direction and speed, amount and type of precipitation, sun shine hours, etc. The weather is defining a short time period up to several days.
Weather conditions
Weather condition is the regional weather during a defined time period from one up to several weeks. Weather condition is describing typical weather phenomena, such as a series of thunderstorm in hot summer, foggy month in autumn or other weather conditions which are typical for a specific region and/or season.
The climate is describing the long term (min 30 years) and average weather conditions for a specific region. Examples: maritime climate, cold-dry desert climate, tropical climate. Global climate classification maps highlight the high variety of climates. 

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