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Global climate disruption

Global climate disruption is a term used as an alternative to "global warming." Global climate disruption is a terminology change urged by the Obama administration to replace global warming, and was first used by White House science adviser John Holdren in a 2007 presentation and again in September, 2010.[1] Holdren's "global climate disruption" isn't the most convoluted term to grace the climate debate, however. According to a Fox News report, NASA published studies on the impact humans had on global climate and referred to the relationship as "inadvertent climate modification."[2]


  1. Climate‐Change Science and Policy: What Do We Know? What Should We Do? (PDF), by John P. Holdren, Kavli Prize Symposium,International Cooperation in Science, 6 September 2010.
  2. It's unclear why John Holdren prefers "global climate disruption" over "climate change," the most commonly used alternative to "global warming." White House: Global Warming Out, 'Global Climate Disruption' In,, September 16, 2010.