The Danger of Pollution Based Acid Rain

What is acid rain and is there a real reason we should be concerned about it? Acid rain is caused when fossil fuel emissions combine with water in the atmosphere. Let’s think about this for a second. What produces fossil fuel emissions? There are several areas to look at. They fall into the following categories: residential, commercial, industrial, transportation and electric utility. This is much more than just slowing down on your driving some.

Effects on Human Health ~
One of the problems with acid rain is we can’t tell there is a problem with it. It feels, looks, and taste just like clean potable rain water. There is no direct immediate danger that one can see by being exposed to acid rain. The pollutants the cause acid rain are sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). These have been linked to premature death from lung and heart disorders. For example these pollutants have a direct relationship to asthma and bronchitis.

Effects on the Forest ~
What about acid rain and the forest? It doesn’t kill the trees directly. Instead it does a steady and efficient job of breaking them down one piece at a time. It damages their needles and leaves. It damages the soil where the forest gathers its nutrients. Eventually, it causes the tree to fall. It has similar effects on other plants.

Effects on Lakes and Rivers ~
Acid rain in our lakes and rivers affects the ph balance and if you have ever had an aquarium you know how deadly ph balance can be. Both ph balance and aluminum have drastic results on the weight and viability of fish. This environment is one of the quickest to show results.

Effects on Buildings and Structures
The elements (water, rain, snow) all take their part in the damaging of structures. Limestone and sandstone are greatly affected by acid rain. These are used on many building and for statues and are particularly susceptible to pollutions.

We clearly see the problems, what about solutions?
*Look for alternative sources of energy. Solar energy and wind energy should be used more often. Research other methods.

*Reduce car emissions. Drive less. Make rules and inspections a necessary event in all states. Ride the bus or a bike.

*Just turn off the lights when you are not using them.

It’s really not hard, just pay attention and do I am going to do my part, then teach others the things I have learned. Pay it forward and slow down the acid rain.