Acid rain, or as Distance Learning’s new infograph calls it, “Tears of Paradise”, is precipitation with high levels of nitric and sulfuric acids. It results when sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are emitted into the atmosphere, which cause them to undergo chemical reactions and then are absorbed by clouds.
Acid rain can occur in the form of snow, fog, and material deposits that settle on Earth. Generally, it’s caused by burning fossil fuels from plants, factories and foundries and automobiles, or the chemical release of rotting vegetation or volcanic eruptions.
In the US, about two-thirds of all SO2 and one-third of all NOx electric power generation that relies on fossil fuels, such as coals. Normal rain has a pH of 5.6, but is considered acid rain when the pH levels reach 5.3. Healthy lakes have a pH balance around 6.5, which help promote rich wildlife, but lakes with a pH lower than 4.5 are considered dead. In those lakes, the number of fish decline, and the number of birds and other wildlife around the lake also decline.
As of 2013, Europe, North America and China are the areas on earth most affected by acid rain. This has resulted in the destruction of over 1 million acres of forests in Europe. In addition, over 20,000 lakes in Sweden are considered dead, the declination of shrimp in 260 Norwegian lakes, and over 550 deaths due to respiratory problems in the US and Canada are caused by acid rain pollution each year.
Acid rain is a growing concern. Not only does it affect the quality of life for both humans and wildlife, but it also wreaks havoc on both fresh and saltwater aquatic life, crops and infrastructure.
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