Essay about The Effects Of Acid Rain On Our Environment

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For many years initially in the 1980’s as the result of air pollution the concern of acid rain came to great attention. Even though there were procedures in order to reduce these emissions we are still facing the effects today.
As you already may know, the major release of this air pollution is because sadfof the burning of fossil fuels alongside all the chemicals produced with it. Car exhausts burn petrol and the smoke that is released doesn’t just simply disappear and the sooty grey particles are not the only outcome of this but the invisible gasses which essentially is ruining our environment.
These invisible gasses are mainly sulphur and carbon dioxide where the sources of these pollutants are uncountable ranging from factories to as discussed car exhausts, in figure 1 we can see power stations . These gases react with the tiny droplets of water in clouds to form sulphuric and nitric acids. The rain from these clouds then falls as a very weak acid - which is why it is known as "acid rain".
Acid rain is generally considered rain that has a pH value that is significantly below that of normal rain water, which is typically considered 4.6. Acid rain has a variety of causes, many of which are not man-made, though acid rain is commonly attributed to the burning of fossil fuels, especially coal. When such fossil fuels are burned, they release significant amounts of carbon dioxide, sulfers, and nitrogen oxides. These gases become absorbed by the rain water, causing the pH…

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