What Is the Greenhouse Effect?
Climate, the characteristics of weather in a particular region over long periods of time, determines which kinds of plants and animal life, including microorganisms, are present, which crops can be grown, how people construct their houses and, to a great extent, people’s clothing and diet.
The climate of any given region depends on its distance from the equator, altitude and rainfall patterns.
Even slight changes in the world’s climate affect human health and well-being in countless ways.
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- Illustration by M.S. Young © Baylor College of Medicine.
- Moreno N., and B. Tharp. (2011). The Science of Global Atmospheric Change Teacher’s Guide. Third edition. Baylor College of Medicine. ISBN: 978-1-888997-76-7.
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