“Acid Rain”, Let’s Learn From Norway

Norway has done very well to reduce the level of acidification.

The issue of taking actions to reduce the frequency of acid rain and how to improve the damage caused by acid rain was internationally raised in 1960s. Norway has become the spot of this issue considering their success in declining the level of acidification in the recent years.

Acid rain contains Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Oxides (NO and NO2) that can compromise human health and the process of photosyntesis of green plants. Additionally, It can corrode paint and damage building and metals. Acid rain also can poison the ecosystems in particular areas, such in sea.

Copper mining and sulfuric acid plant, Copperhill], Tenn. (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

From 1975 to 1995, Norway’s government had decided to reduce the effect of acid rain by focusing on the emission sources. Unfortunately, the acid rain mostly results from Germany and Great Britain.  

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