What’s the difference between climate change and global warming?

‘Global warming’ refers to the long-term warming of the planet, and is only one aspect of climate change. Global temperature shows a well-documented rise since the early 20th century and most notably since the late 1970s. The Climate Stripes graphic on this page shows this rise. 2023 is already set to have the hottest global average land and sea temperatures ever recorded.

‘Climate change’ includes global warming and the broader range of changes that are happening to our planet. These include rising sea levels; shrinking mountain glaciers; higher ocean temperatures; accelerating ice melt in Greenland, Antarctica and the Arctic; and shifts in flower/plant blooming times. Source: NASA