According to this article by Smithsonian, people respond more strongly to the term Global Warming than the term Climate Change, even though they mean the same thing. Apparently, when people hear Global Warming they are more able to directly associate it literally as the world is warming up, and that makes it more relatable and identifiable to them. Or they think so because everyone else does. The article states that in the past ten years people Googled Global Warming more, use it more in conversation, and rank it as a higher priority for elected officials than Climate Change.
Basically what this all proves is that terms like this can have a certain initial effect on people that spreads like wildfire throughout the media and can even spread panic for the wrong reasons when it's not necessary. We also saw this sort of thing happen when the Ebola cases started in the US. Science told us that we had nothing to worry about, but regardless people still panicked. When scientists are faced with an issue or a new discovery, the way they present it to the public needs to be taken into careful consideration. Even though these two phrases mean the same exact thing, a different interpretation is created for each term.
This can be difficult though because there's great diversity in how people perceive science. People apparently don't seem to trust scientists, according to this article. This is a whole different story, but more reason to find communication of science to be so important! Science drives everything, literally everything. If we can't trust scientists, or understand science as a whole, then it's harder to progress as a society. Science without communication might as well just be complicated algorithms and gibberish because more times than not, the audience member does not have a Master's degree in Astrophysics. This is exactly the reason that the interdisciplinarity of science and communication is so crucial to modern society.