Skeptics accuse those who believe in global warming of having changed the phrase “global warming” to “climate change” in order to deceive the public. They claim that the change was made in order to explain any natural phenomenon other than mere warmth. They state that this change was relatively recent although they rarely say when it was made. By saying that it is recent, one could assume that they mean in the last decade at the most.
However, the phrase “climate change” and “climatic change” has been in the scientific literature for over a hundred years. With respects to human-caused climate change, the earliest known scientific papers using the phrase were published in 1956 (In the titles of those papers).
Below is a condensed list of scientific papers, from before the year 2000, with the phrase climate or climatic change in their titles:
1990: Global climate change and US agriculture: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v345/n6272/abs/345219a0.html
1977: CO2 and Climate: Possibly severe consequences of growing CO2 release from fossil fuels require a much better understanding of the carbon cycle, climate change, and the resulting impacts on the atmosphere
And finally: 1920: Science, religion and climate change
Based on their claim that the phrase “climate change” is a recent invention one can tell that Skeptics have not studied the scientific literature on the subject.
What is the difference between “global warming” and “climate change”? Simply put, global warming is the cause; “climate change” is the result.