Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides dissolve easily in water and can be carried by the wind. As a result, the two compounds can travel long distances where they become part of the rain, sleet, snow, and fog that we experience on certain days.
What Things Can Cause Acid Rain?
Decaying Vegetation Forest Fires Volcano Eruptions
Burning Coal and Fossil Fuels Electricty Powerplants Vehicle Exhaust and more
I'm understanding all of this, but why is acid rain so bad?
Effects of Acid Rain
Effects of Acid Rain on Humans
Acid rain can cause respiratory diseases such as: Asthma, Bronchitis, pnuemonia, and even permanent lung damage.
Effects of Acid Rain on the Environment
Acid rain can be extremely harmful to forests. Acid rain that seeps into the ground can dissolve nutrients, such as magnesium and calcium, that trees need to be healthy.
The increase in acidity and aluminum levels can be deadly to aquatic wildlife (fish die if they live in a pH below 4.5), including phytoplankton, mayflies, rainbow trout, small mouth bass, frogs, spotted salamanders, crayfish, and other creatures
Effects of Acid Rain on Buildings and Statues
Acid rain can also have a damaging effect on many objects, including buildings, statues, monuments, and cars. The chemicals found in acid rain can cause paint to peel and stone statues to begin to appear old and worn down
I don't like any of that! What can I do to stop that from happening?
Turn off lights, tv, video games, etc when not being used Buy equipment using less electricity Adjust your thermostate when on vacation Carpool Ride your bike to places and more