What is the difference between global warming and climate change?

Although people tend to use these terms interchangeably, global warming is just one aspect of climate change. “Global warming” refers to the rise in global temperatures due mainly to the increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. “Climate change” refers to the increasing changes in the measures of climate over a long period of time – including precipitation, temperature, and wind patterns.

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What is carbon sequestration?

Carbon dioxide is the most commonly produced greenhouse gas. Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide. It is one method of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the goal of reducing global climate change. The USGS is conducting assessments on two major types of carbon...
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Image: USGS Film: Living with Fire

USGS Film: Living with Fire

A screenshot from the USGS film "Living with Fire".

"Living with Fire" is a 11-minute USGS production exploring ongoing USGS research on wildfire science in southern California -- where the fire ecology is unlike any other region in the United States. 

USGS is investigating ways to balance community fire risk management and native habitat conservation as part

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Crumbling blocks of permafrost along the Beaufort Coast

Crumbling blocks of permafrost along the Beaufort Coast

Crumbling blocks of permafrost along the Beaufort Coast

Attribution: Alaska