Effects on Global Warming & Eco Friendly Bags
Is it happening? Absolutely…….
- Global warming and the increasing problems of climate change show no signs of slowing down or ending. It’s time to take a stand as individuals, groups, and corporations to make a difference. We must incorporate the use of eco friendly bags into our everyday lives.
- The average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) around the world since 1880, much of this occurring in recent decades, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
- The rate of the atmosphere and earth’s temperature warming is continually increasing. The 20th century's last two decades were the hottest in 400 years and possibly the warmest for several millennia, according to many climate studies as well as the United Nations' confirming these alarming facts and observations. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that 11 of the past 12 years are among the dozen warmest since 1850.
- Arctic ice is quickly disappearing, and the region may have its first completely ice free summer by 2040 or earlier. Polar bears and indigenous cultures are already suffering from the sea-ice loss. These animals don’t deserve this happening to their habitat and it’s our responsibility to prevent this through the use of reusable shopping bags.
- The Arctic is the geographical location that is feeling the effects the most. The average temperatures in Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia have risen at twice the global average, according to the multinational Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report compiled between 2000 and 2004.
- Coral reefs, which are highly sensitive to small changes in water temperature, suffered the worst bleaching- or die-off in response to stress- ever recorded in 1998, with some areas seeing bleach rates of 70 percent. Experts not only predict, but expect these sorts of events to increase in frequency and intensity in the next 50 years as we see a rise in sea temperatures.
- Glaciers and mountain snows are rapidly melting—for example, Montana’s Glacier National Park now has only 27 glaciers, versus 150 in 1910. In the Northern Hemisphere, thaws also come a week earlier in spring and freezes begin a week later. Eco bags will have an immediate effect on this and it is through their use that we will be taking a step in the right direction.
- An upsurge in the amount of extreme weather events, such as wildfires, heat waves, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and strong tropical storms is also attributed in part to climate change by some experts.
- The report, based on the work of some 2,500 scientists in more than 130 countries, concluded that humans have caused all or most of the current planetary warming. Human-caused global warming is often called anthropogenic climate change. We can do our part in have a global impact for the better by the increased use of reusable shopping bags.
- Humans are pouring carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a much faster rate than plants and oceans can absorb it. We can reverse this effect by the use of eco friendly bags.
- Industrialization, deforestation, and pollution have greatly increased atmospheric concentrations of water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, which are all greenhouse gases that help trap heat near Earth's surface.
- These gases persist in the atmosphere for years, meaning that even if such emissions were eliminated today, it would not immediately stop global warming.
- Some experts indicate that natural cycles in Earth's orbit can alter the planet's exposure to sunlight, which may explain the current trend. It is a fact that earth has indeed experienced warming and cooling cycles approximately every hundred thousand years due to these orbital shifts, but such changes have occurred over the span of several centuries. Today's changes have taken place over the past hundred years or less. This is an alarming increase and it must be addressed immediately. One solution to this problem is increasing our use of eco bags.
- Other recent research has suggested that the effects of variations in the sun’s output are "negligible" as a factor in warming, but other, more complicated solar mechanisms could possibly play a role.
- A follow-up report by the IPCC released in April 2007 warned that global warming could possibly lead to a large-scale food and water shortage and have catastrophic effects on wildlife and the environment that they inhabit.
- Sea level could rise significantly between 7 and 23 inches (18 to 59 centimeters) by century's end, the IPCC's February 2007 report projects. Rises of just 4 inches (10 centimeters) could flood many South Seas islands and swamp large parts of Southeast Asia. This number puts in perspective the devastating effects this could have.
- It’s estimated that some hundred million people live within 3 feet (1 meter) of mean sea level, and much of the world's population is concentrated in vulnerable coastal cities. In the U.S., Louisiana and Florida are especially at risk to this problem.
- Strong hurricanes, tsunamis, droughts, heat waves, wildfires, and other natural disasters may become commonplace in many parts of the world. The growth of deserts may also cause food shortages in many places. Deserts are usually uninhabitable and this will be a major problem for those that this affects.
- Glaciers around the world could melt, inevitably causing sea levels to climb while creating water shortages in regions dependent on runoff for fresh water. We need to increase the use of reusable shopping bags.
- There are more than a million species facing extinction from disappearing habitat, changing ecosystems, and acidifying oceans. We need to get eco friendly bags into the hands of as many shoppers and consumers as possible.
- The ocean's circulation system, known as the ocean conveyor belt, could be permanently altered, causing a mini-ice age in Western Europe and other rapid changes.
- At some point in the future, warming could become uncontrollable by creating a so-called positive feedback effect. Rising temperatures could release additional greenhouse gases by unlocking methane in permafrost and undersea deposits, freeing carbon trapped in sea ice, and causing increased evaporation of water.
Though most of us don't realize it, manufacturing bags-plastic, compostable plastic and even paper bags-contributes significantly to global warming. We are continually feeling the effects in society today and it is apparent when observing our environment. Eco bags and their uses are an immediate step in the right direction to this problem.
Greenhouse gases are the result of emissions caused by burning fossil fuels during the production of plastic and paper bags. The greenhouse effect is caused when infrared radiations from the earth’s surface are prevented from escaping into the outer space. The consequence is global warming. Eco Friendly Bags have been proven to slow down the rate of this problem due to the fact that they prevent certain types of waste and pollution to the earth.
Paper bags have the highest global warming impact per bag compared to other types of bags. According to the US EPA, 70% more global warming gasses are emitted while manufacturing a paper bag than a plastic bag, and 50 times more water pollution. They also use 4 times more raw materials, and consume 3.5 times more energy. They are also a contributing factor to global warming by destroying trees. In 1999, the American Forest and Paper Association reported that Americans used 10 billion paper shopping bags, consuming 14 million trees.
The petroleum used to produce 14 plastic bags is enough to drive a car 1 mile. You could easily replace them with eco friendly bags and the problem will be averted. The 380 billion plastic bags that Americans discard of each year are manufactured from millions of barrels of petroleum, contributing to global warming, depleting oil supplies, and driving up the costs of petroleum-based products like gasoline and energy for our homes. Let’s do our part and increase our use of reusable shopping bags.