Adaptation - to adjust to changes in the environment caused by climate change
Carbon footprint - the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that one's activities produce
Climate change - changes in climate over time caused by human activities
Glaciation - time periods in Earth's history where ice mass on the planet is increased
Greenhouse gas - gases in the atmosphere that absorb and emit radiation and cause the atmosphere to warm by the greenhouse effect
IPCC - the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, an international group of expert scientists that assess the most current knowledge of climate change information
Mitigation - to decrease one's contribution of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere
Saline - water that contains salt, like that of estuaries or the ocean
Sea level - the average level of the ocean's surface over a given area
Storm surge - a sudden rise in the level of ocean water, usually caused by tropical storms/ hurricanes and/or strong winds and can cause flooding
Did You Know?
Over fifty-nine color varieties of the Liguus Tree Snail have been seen in and around the Everglades ecosystem. They graze on the algae and lichen that grows on smooth-barked trees. During the dry winter months, they are usually sealed to these trees to conserve moisture.