Good news on the environment front, folks: the effects of acid rain on forests in the northeastern US and eastern Canada are finally starting to reverse, nearly forty years after the United States began passing environmental legislation to control the problem.
When did people first know about the phenomenon now known as “acid rain”? Think of a date. Odds are, you’re off by at least a century.
The water on your bedside table hasn’t had anything bad happen to it while you slept, but in the morning it tastes stale. Why? And how long can water stay out before it’s too bad to drink?
It's a real bummer to hear that 150 years of industrialization wrecked the Earth so bad that it'll take thousands to recover. It's a much bigger bummer to see the situation in real life. That's exactly what's happening in a large number of Canada's lakes, which are turning into jelly thanks to acid rain.
So what if aliens bleed acid? We breathe acid, suckers! And we can prove it! And while we're doing that, we can show why soda is very mildly bad for you.
We grow up hearing about acid rain, but what about other forms of acidic precipitation — do they even exist?
In the 1970s, acid rain caused by sulfur emissions killed trees and even dissolved statues. But the US Clean Air Act dialed back the deadly rainfall. Until now. Why has the rain gone acidic again?