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An Analysis of Acid Rain

• Answer the following questions about the pollution problem (Acid precipitation/ Acid rain)
• Describe the pollutant chosen and the source of the pollutants. Include both natural and human sources, as applicable.
 Is this a point-source pollutant or nonpoint-source pollutant? Explain.
• What are the harmful impacts of the pollution?
 Describe impacts to both humans and to ecosystem structure and function.
• What steps are in place to eliminate the pollutant or to mitigate harm from the pollutant?
 Describe examples of laws or regulations that apply to the pollution and its sources.
 Also, describe educational programs, technology, or other initiatives that are used to help control the pollution.
• Have the programs, best management practices, or regulations been effective in resolving harm from the pollutant?
 Give examples of progress, or explain with examples what more could be done.

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Acid rain is a pollutant that is basically what its name describes, in that acid rain is a form of rain that is very acidic in nature, which means that this rain has a very low pH level within its molecular structure. What is interesting about acid rain is that acid rain can have varying degrees of strength or intensity, due to the fact that acid rain that is acidic but has a higher pH level would not be as strong and damaging to the environment as acid rain that has an extremely low pH level, and is therefore more strongly acidic and can cause a great deal more damage to the environment etc. Due to these factors, there are differing sources for this particular pollutant, with one of the most significant sources being sulfur dioxide emissions from manufacturing facilities and other types of facilities that release sulfur dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere. This is a human source of the pollutants that result in the production of acid rain that is instrumental in this process worldwide, due to the tremendous amounts of sulfur dioxide and other pollutants that are released into the atmosphere as a result of the increased level of industrialization of many nations around the world, that result in exponentially increased numbers of manufacturing facilities and refineries etc., that release sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. Nitrogen oxide is another pollutant that is released into the atmosphere by many types of industrial facilities and ...

Solution Summary

This in-depth solution of over 900 words provides an analysis on acid rain and includes details on pollutant source, chemical types, impacts to humans and ecosystems, mitigation plans, laws and regulations and present progress. References used are included.