The Environmental Threat of Acid Rain Essay

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In recent years, a great amount of attention has been focused on environmental issues. Nightly we are informed of yet another creature in danger of extinction. Still, despite this increased awareness, the problem remains. One facet of this overwhelming dilemma is the problem of acid rain. Pollution has caused acid rain, which is destroying the ecosystem. Acid rain refers to all types of precipitation -rain, snow, sleet, hail and fog that have a pH of less than 5.6. Pollution caused acid rain is destroying the ecosystem, but today new methods have been developed to deal with this danger to our society and earth. “Acid Rain has been called the single most important environmental threat all over the world, and many are seeking solutions” …show more content…
To understand the possible solutions to the problem we must first examine the causes. Acid rain is caused by a number of factors. It can be blamed mainly on large local burning Factories in the Midwestern United States. Coal burning and steel smelting factories have been pouring pollutants into the atmosphere for years. These factories emit tons of sulfur into the air everyday. This goes up into the atmosphere and turns into sulfuric acid which eventually falls in the form of acid precipitation. In the past, the environment has been able, to a certain extent , filter out some of man’s damage and cleanse itself. Unfortunately, the rate at which Nitrogen dioxide and Sulfuric dioxide have been dumped into the environment far exceeds the ability of nature to deal with and eliminate these chemicals. When did all this begin? Much of the increase of pollution can be found in the 18th century. As society moved into the industrial revolution in Europe and the United Stated, coal burning was greatly increased(Stopping 1). Even as man took his greatest steps forward in his search for improved output, technology took huge leaps backward for care of Earth. With new inventions like the gas engine more and more sulfur dioxide is dumped into the atmosphere everyday. the burning of fossil fuels is the number one cause of sulfur dioxide pollution in the world. When the

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