Key concepts of Climate Literacy Essential Principle 3:
a. Individual organisms survive within specific ranges of temperature, precipitation, humidity, and sunlight.
b. The presence of small amounts of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere warms Earth's surface, resulting in a planet that sustains liquid water and life.
c. Changes in climate conditions can affect the health and function of ecosystems and the survival of entire species.
d. A range of natural records shows that the last 10,000 years have been an unusually stable period in Earth's climate history.
e. Life—including microbes, plants, animals, and humans—is a major driver of the global carbon cycle and can influence global climate by modifying the chemical makeup of the atmosphere.