"The depletion of the environment; Are we to blame?".
My first question is "What is Acid Rain?" You hear about it all the time in the news and it is very important to the earth's ecosystem. It is a serious problem with disastrous effects. Each day this serious problem becomes worse. Many people believe that this issue is too small to deal with right now, but in actuality is an issue that should be met head on and solved before it is too late. Acid rain is a cancer eating into the face of Eastern Canada and the North Eastern United States and is caused by the things that we do every day. It causes fish, plants and trees to die. Don't we value these very important resources? It also causes harm to our own species as well, because we eat the fish, drink the water and eat the plants that are contaminated. Since we know that we are the cause, why don't we know more about the problems we are causing?.
You may ask yourself the question how is acid rain produced? Acid rain is all the rain, snow, mist etc. containing unnatural amounts of acid that falls. Industry and our own actions are to blame. More than 90% of the sulfur and 95% of the nitrogen emissions occurring in North Eastern, North America are of human origin. When products are manufactured, many chemicals are used to create it. However because of the difficulty and cost of properly disposing of these products they are often emitted into the atmosphere with little or no treatment. What can we do to find a less expensive solution? Each year 20 billion tons of carbon dioxide, 130 million tons of sulfur dioxide, 97 million tons of hydrocarbons, 53 million tons of nitrogen oxides, more than 3 million tons of arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel, zinc and other toxic metals are put into the atmosphere. Why do we accept this from our industries? On a personal level we too are to blame. Nitrogen oxide pollution from cars contribute to acid rain also.