• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Acid Rain.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Acid Rain "I am For the reduction of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emission 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" Acid rain, it is dangerous and destructive. The main culprits for producing acid rain are the very industrialized countries; the UK and U.S.A are the two main countries that cause acid rain. These two countries have many coal mines, working factories, power stations and oil refineries all these places produce huge amounts of sulphur dioxide. Also common to both of these countries is the use of motor vehicles these produce over 50% of the nitrogen oxide in the air. When the two gases sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide combine with water droplets in the clouds the make the rainwater very acidic. Natural rain and snow is slightly acidic with a Ph 5.6, because of the carbon dioxide dissolved in it. ...read more.

Middle

People living near the lakes and forest gave us their opinions:- "We live opposite the lake and over the years I have noticed huge amounts of changes. There are now hardly any fisherman but I remember a time when the lake was full of the hustle and bustle of the fisherman, there are fewer insects and when you look out onto the lake you see it is clear all the fish are slowly vanishing, this once beautiful lake has turned into something totally opposite" "I grew up in a small village right next to one of Sweden's most beautiful forest's, but over the years things in the forest have had a major change the forest is no more alive and vibrant it is now limp and slowly dieing there is still time to save the forest but drastic action needs to be taken to stop acid rain!" "I am a fisherman in Sweden, and I am struggling to make any income even after a full hard days work, the ...read more.

Conclusion

Another is to wash the sulphur out of the smoke before it goes up to the smokestacks. Scrubbers remove sulphur from the smoke by spraying a mixture of water and powdered limestone into the smokestack. The mixture traps the sulphur before it can escape into the air above. There are other sources for energy other then using fossil fuels though they are not as cheap. Include hydroelectric power and nuclear power. Dams use the power of water to turn turbines and make electricity. People have been using this form of energy for most of this century. Nuclear power plants make electricity from the energy released by splitting atoms. A small amount of nuclear fuel can make a very large amount of electricity. In order to stop acid rain, power plants should reduce nitrogen oxide waste products. All cars should run on unleaded gas. But for acid rain to be abolished, everyone must work together to care for the environment. So that future generations can see the beauty of the fish, birds, and environment. Rajvir Sekhon ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Aqueous Chemistry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Aqueous Chemistry essays

  1. Acid Rain.

    It is believed this is due to the fact that the minnow was nearly extinct. At a pH of 5.6 the external skeletons of crayfish softened and they were soon infected with parasites, and there eggs were destroyed by fungi.

  2. The effect of Acid Rain on Seed Germination.

    This will be easy to do because the dishes are well ventilated, however, if something was to block or cover the dish then it would take longer for the seeds in that dish to germinate. This is because oxygen is needed in a similar way to water; the seed takes

  1. The action of amylase and pectinase in varying amounts when clarifying cloudy apple juice.

    The information, which comes with the colorimeter, is in the appendix. The diagram below shows how it does this. Pilot Experiment Results To start with I decided that I would see which apple juice gave me the best results. I decided to do it at room temperature because I knew

  2. Acid Rain

    This prevents the plant from taking in carbon dioxide to perform photosynthesis, and the plant will eventually die. The harmful acid rain also effects the air, humans and our health. Some of the most common health problems are breathing problems, nervous system problems, and lung problems.

  1. Determination of the proportion of nitrogen in a fertiliser.

    it is possible that not all the instruments were rinsed enough and complete. There could be some left-over solutions on the instruments that weren't rinsed properly. o The instruments have been designed and created to function at its optimum level at 20�C.

  2. Formation and Effects of Acid Rain.

    There is a distinct connection between the information here. The pollution that comes from the urban areas moves (the wind takes it over seas) to the rural areas. Global Problems of Acid Rain "Is acid rain a global problem?" Acid rain is defiantly a global problem.

  1. Acid rain is any precipitation that is acidic in nature

    Sulpur dioxide is the result of base-metal smelting (In iron and steel production, the smelting of metal sulfate ore, produces pure metal. This causes the release of sulfur dioxide. Metals such as zinc, nickel, and copper are usually produced by this process), of the combustion of coal to provide electricity

  2. Acid Rain

    thousands of kilometres away carried on wind spread currents and jet streams in the high atmosphere. As an example the vast amount of acid rain that falls in Sweden and other northern European countries is caused by pollution created in the UK by heavy industry and fossil fuel burning power

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work