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Water Pollution Effects – The Dangers of Acid Rain

Since the rise of environmental awareness,health awareness, business and industry have always considered environmentalism a waste of time, only getting in the way of profits and production.

From the perspective of business and health, environmentalists push for health regulations and restrictions on businesses which cost the latter more money and frequently restrict activities.

Natural gases from rotting vegetation of poor health and methane contribute to acid rain which can harm the health of the eco system, but the main source of this problem is the burning of fossil fuels. The use of cars and other motor vehicles causes an increase in carbon emission disturbing the health of our lungs. Gas emissions from industry such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide are absorbed into rain water making it acidic ruining the health of waterways and lakes. This leads to corrosion of buildings, metals and destruction of vegetation.

Without this health hazard, farms are able to produce a better harvest with crops of better health, and urban buildings can reduce capital by not having to repair the building every few years. What business and commerce don’t realize is that they can actually save money by being environmentally responsible and care for the planet’s health, at the same time protecting the very resources on which they depend. Thus, if we decrease the burning of fossil fuels, we will not only save money but in addition, gain money too.

Also, by decreasing these pollutants from vehicles and factories, it would ultimately result in the decrease in other hazards as well, such as shutting down nuclear plants will abort possibilities of future accidents which is one of the greatest health hazards today. But the most important benefit from decreased pollutants is health issues.

These factors can lead to a newly developed economy that protects what it needs instead of destroying it. Despite historical differences between advocates of business and the environment, the fact is the two can and must utilize each other for the future success of both.

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  1. Lucy Lockett

    On August 29, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    I really liked reading this article!

  2. ecruvan

    On September 1, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    You have some good points points but it would be in your own interest to elaborate on how industry and the environment can work together to the benefit of both.

  3. Onflame

    On September 15, 2007 at 3:00 am

    Its really interesting to know that more people are being made aware of the dangers faced by our environment in the current times through various sources, and this article is one such good source.

    Geat article,

  4. unconvinced

    On September 21, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    I would highly recommend you read Bjorn Lomborg’s chapter on acid rain in his book The Skeptical Environmentalist to get a realistic perspective on the actual impact of acid rain.

    Your comments about decreasing fossil fuel use only makes sense if the cost of that decrease is less than the cost of the impact of the problem. Based on real statistics and real numbers, Lomborg shows that the impact of acid rain at worst is very small.

  5. truefire

    On March 1, 2008 at 1:44 am

    great article very informative

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