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I am for the reduction of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by 80% by the year 2010. We need to take drastic action because the effects on us all are very serious. We must protect ourselves and safeguard our future.

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Geography Coursework I am for the reduction of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by 80% by the year 2010. We need to take drastic action because the effects on us all are very serious. We must protect ourselves and safeguard our future. Introduction Acid rain is a very serious topic in our environment today. It is a problem that each and every person contributes to. Acid pollution is not only eating away at our forests and vegetation, but it is also destroying the entire ecosystem. But, whenever the discussion comes up about cleaning up the damage of acid rain and the possible solutions, people just point the blame at others so they won't have to pay more than their share of the cost. Well, many people can talk the talk about being environmentally safe, but they can't walk the walk when it comes to do something about it. Efforts are probably being made to stop acid pollution, but the public isn't notified about it. Acid rain is damaging everything it comes in contact with, from tiny organisms to the tallest buildings. Although media attention has shifted towards other environmental issues such as global warming, acid rain continues to be a major problem at the beginning of the 21st century. ...read more.

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Dry deposition of acidic compounds can also dirty buildings and other structures, leading to increased maintenance costs. Many other countries have noticed an acceleration of damage to their cultural heritage. For example The Taj Mahal in India and the Colosseum in Rome are continuing to deteriorate and needs continuous maintenance. We must attack the problems of acid rain, before it starts to damage our cultural heritage. Health The pollutants that cause acid rain (sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide) can damage human health. These gases interact in the atmosphere to form fine sulphate and nitrate particles that can be transported long distances by winds and inhaled deep into people's lungs. Many scientific studies have identified a relationship between elevated levels of fine particles and increased illness and premature death from heart and lung disorders, such as asthma and bronchitis. Solutions Liming At present the main way of reversing acidification of lakes and streams is liming. The main liming method is to add the lime directly to the lake or stream. The advantages of liming are that the alkalinity of the lake is increased and so is the pH. This means that fish life again can live in the lakes and streams. ...read more.

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But this is wrong; this issue should be met head on and resolved before it is too late or else the consequences will be devastating. Businesses such as power companies and car makers also oppose controlling acid rain because they fear the effects on their profits. They are more worried about how they can make more money, but don't give a damn about the environment. Their most common argument is that the effects have been exaggerated and the cost of reducing emissions would be too high. Many people would back me up on what I have discussed in this report. For example Greenpeace and the Swedish government Their most common argument is that the effects have been exaggerated and the cost of reducing emissions would be too high. To this I would say that the effects have not been exaggerated and yes I understand that the costs are going to be high, but we have to do it. Not to mention the damage that is done to the human health Acidification is an important issue in Sweden and has been so for thirty years. Whatever way it is done, acid rain will certainly have to be limited in the future. 1 ...read more.

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