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Climate 101

Glossary

This page has a random selection of the many terms that you can find in our glossary. Scroll through the alphabetically-arranged list for definitions of terms commonly found in the climate change literature. You can also check out our links page for more information on climate change and the sources for these definitions.

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ALGAS
the Asia Least Cost Greenhouse Gas Abatement Strategy. ALGAS is the analysis of the mitigation options of 12 Asian countries, including the Philippines, under the guidance of the Asian Development Bank. ALGAS receives funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Energy Efficiency
Refers to the more efficient use of energy, or doing more tasks using the least amount of energy possible. Various products out on the market allow consumers to achieve this even at home. For instance, compact flourescent lamps (CFLs) can be substituted for the less energy efficient incandescent bulbs.
Fossil Fuels
Refers to fuels that are available in nature, and that arise from the remains of once living organisms. Common fossil fuels include oil, coal, and natural gas.
Gigatonnes
One gigatonne is equal to one billion tonnes.
Hydro Power
Power that is derived from the energy of moving water, such as rivers, in order to produce electric or mechanical energy.
Meteorology
The scientific study of weather.
Solar Photovoltaics
Technology that converts sunlight directly into clean electricity, using solar cells arranged in panels. Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are fitted onto the roof of a house or building where the electricity is used.
Watershed
The high land separating two river basins.
Date Created: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 17:56:37 +0800
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