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Acid Rain.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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