With all the rain we’ve been having, it got me thinking… with all the talk of climate change and global warming, what ever happened to acid rain? Thirty years ago, it was all anyone could talk about. Is acid rain still something we should be worrying about?
Turns out, yes, acid rain is still around – and yes, it’s still a problem. It’s just a bit less of a problem.
Can acid rain kill you? I remember as a kid hearing about acid rain was scary. Vivid images were conjured up of people’s flesh being burned off, holes burned into the ground, into everything.
For those too young to remember, acid rain is a pretty straightforward appellation — it’s rain that’s been turned acidic by particles in the atmosphere. Rain is naturally slightly acidic, since it picks up carbon dioxide in the air, producing carbonic acid. But when it starts absorbing industrial pollutants like sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, the acidity becomes troublesome.