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Acid Rain

Acid rain is a term that is used to describe the several ways in which acids fall out of the atmosphere and reach the Earth. Acid rain became a well-known term in the 1980s, when emissions from industrial sources and motor vehicles were blamed for causing many environmental problems. During this period, scientific evidence mounted that linked acid rain to decreased fish and wildlife populations, degraded lakes and streams, and impaired human health. While it has since faded from public consciousness, acid rain remains a complex and global problem that still exists in various places around the world. The following entry describes the nature of acid deposition, the problems acid rain causes, programs developed to deal with the problem, and the results of these efforts. ...

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