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ACID RAIN An international concern Gursharn Sandhu 10CR Acid rain: "I am for, the reduction of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, emissions, by 90% by the year 2010. We need to take drastic action because the effects on us are all very serious. We must protect ourselves and safeguard our future." Acid rain is the term used to describe one of the worst effects of nature. Acid rain is a mixture of sulphur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides, which are gasses being emitted into our atmosphere. These gases combine with water droplets in the atmosphere, to produce acid rain. These toxic gasses enter the clouds, so rain is highly acidic. As a result of acid rain, we suffer from terrible air pollution, so the government should recognize, this problem, and do something about it. Acid rain has a pH of about 2. This makes it very harmful, and dangerous. Acid rain is produced in countries with areas that are surrounded by industrialised buildings, such as coal fire power stations, working factories, which produce a lot of pollution, and which burn fossil fuels, and places where a lot of cars go by. Acid rain comes from mainly the U.K and U.S.A. Acid rain enters the clouds and is carried to other countries by south - westerly prevailing winds; mainly in the northern hemisphere. As you can see on the previous, page there is a picture showing you how acid rain, travels, and affects areas. ...read more.

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Fishes in the lakes, cannot survive in such high acidity, most fish die about the pH 4; leaving lakes to be lifeless. People living nearby do not have the leisure, of being able to go and enjoy the beautiful scenery, or just go there with their families. A particular lake, in Scandinavia, which has been polluted so much that people don't even want to come and visit it no more. I have a quote here from a person living nearby the lake and this is what they have to say about acid rain and its effect. "I have lived near this lovely lake for more then 50 years, and slowly seen it die. I noticed fewer insects and beetles and fishermen only starting to catch old roach. The lake is very clear now, the stones at the bottom covered with white moss which creeps across the lake floor." "More then on-third of trees have been damaged in Germany, large number of beach and oak have been damaged. I been coming here since I was 15, and the pine has become very damaged. Roots are long and tongue the needles wither and turn brown." As you can see, these are the true feelings of local people, and if they are not happy, then we must do something about it! Below are some images of the effects of acid rain: There are many possible solutions to the acid rain problem. ...read more.

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We wont know until we try. Would people rather spend a little more money, or see their environment die? U.K politician- "before we take any action, my government wants to be sure of the factors that damage and change the environment. We feel that more scientific research is needed." Swedish politician - we know that emissions from power stations play a large part in the acidification of our lakes. We cannot wait until the scientists have all the evidence. We must act on what we know now. The U.K contributes more pollution than Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands." As you can see, these two politicians have very different views. The country, which is being affected, really wants to do something about it, but the U.K does not feel the need to hurry. Maybe if it were the other way around, then we would feel the same as other countries being seriously affected by acid rain. We have to put a stop to acid rain, as it is affecting everyone. People need to take in to account, the impacts of acid rain; it has become a serious international problem, and affects the world. People should realise what's going on and we should let more and more people know, and then when we all want the same thing, we can come together, and make a difference. I hope that by understanding, the things which I have explained, and other peoples views, will help the government, follow my advice and decisions in which we need to make, to move on, and help make a better world. ...read more.

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