Global Warming Vocabulary

Here are just some of the terms that are used in discussions of whether or not there is man-made global warming. I know what many of them mean, but I think it’s best to seek the opinions of people whose lives are devoted to science and the study of the environment and related fields.

biosphere
CO2
carbon sequestration
chlorofluorocarbons
climate (feedback, modeling, sensitivity)
cosmic rays
cryosphere
emissions factor
feedback mechanisms
forcing mechanism
general circulation model
greenhouse (effect, gases)
halocarbons
Hockey Stick graph
hydrochlorofluorocarbons
hydrologic cycle
hydrosphere
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
ice core records
infrared radiation
Little Ice Age
lithosphere
longwave radiation
Maunder Minimum
Medieval Warm Period
Methane
mesosphere
nitrogen oxides
nitrogen trifluoride
nitrous oxide
non-methane volatile organic compounds
ocean temperature ‘memory’
ozone
perfluorocarbons
sea level changes
soil carbon
solar radiation
stratosphere
sulfur hexafluoride
sun spots
thermohaline circulation
troposphere
urban heat island effect