Acid rain is a much bigger problem than we thought.

Acid Rain

Acid Rain is when toxins from power plants go high into the atmosphere and mixes with water, oxygen, and other chemicals in the air to make acidic pollutants. It damages sculptures and buildings but is harmless when it comes in contact with us. The reason why it is a growing problem is because when the pollutants enter our lungs it causes major health problems like lung cancer. Dr. Thomas Godar, president-elect of the American Lund Association, said that people over 65, have asthama or bronchitis, are pregant, and have history of heart disease are more at risk if we don't continue to address the acid rain problem.

Why is it such a big problem?

Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, director of the division of the environmental and occupational medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine says that acid rain is the third leading cause of lung disease. This problem will soon be bigger than smoking. We are continually having to battle this problem, yet we have solutions that will stop acid rain. It is affecting us more and more and is causing more problems as we continue to turn our heads to it.

The Environment

Not only are they affecting our health they are destroying our buildings and sculptures, ruining our forests and lakes. Our lakes turn acid and harms the fish in it and also the animals that drink from it and that live in the forest. Animals will start becoming extinct if we don't make an effort to solve the problem.

What Can We Do About It?

There are many ways as we can help stop this problem from furthering affecting us. Driving cars or other types of transportation produce large amounts of nitrogen oxides, which causes acid rain. We can help by walking/biking more, carpooling, or taking public transportation, reducing the amount of toxins we let into the air.

Works Cited

Shabecoff, Philip. "ACID RAIN SEEN AS POSING RISKS FOR U.S. HEALTH." The New York Times. The New York Times, 03 Feb. 1987. Web. 10 Apr. 2015.

"What Can You Do?" EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2015.

"What Causes Acid Rain?" EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2015.

"What Is Acid Rain?" EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2015.

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