What is the definition of climate change?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) defines “climate change refers to a change in the state of the climate that can be identified (e.g., by using statistical tests) by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. Climate change may be due to natural internal processes or external forcings such as modulations of the solar cycles, volcanic eruptions and persistent anthropogenic changes in the composition of the atmosphere or in land use.”

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IPCC Report United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
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