Name: Abdul Karim Bin Kamaruddin

No. Matrix: AA090002

ACID RAIN

Acid rain is a result of air pollution. It is a mixture of dry and wet deposition from the atmospheric containing higher percentage of nitric acids and sulphuric acid s. Those gases are produced by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, natural gases and oil from certain kinds of manufacturing. Nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide react with water and other chemicals in the air to produce sulphuric acid, nitric acid and other pollutants. Those acids are then return to the ground by the way of acid rain.

Acid rain is very harmful to the environment. It makes the living things in the environment die. Acid rain also affects the life in the water such as fishes which are one of the major source of protein for human beings. It also affects our health such as lead to skin diseases, asthma and other which are very harmful to us. Very strong acids will burn if they touch our skin and can even destroy metals. Acid rain is much, much weaker than this, never acidic enough to burn our skin. Acid rain can also damage non-living things such as buildings and statues. It can decay building materials and paints.

Most of all, acid rain affects human health adversely. It has the ability of harming us via the atmosphere as well as the soil where the food we eat is grown. Another adverse health effect of acid rain is the respiratory problems which area caused by the release of nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide into the air. The respiratory problems are such as throat, nose and eye irritation; headache; asthma; and dry coughs. Acid rain is particularly harmful for those who have difficulty in breathing or suffer from asthma. In fact, even the lungs of healthy people can be damaged by the pollutants in acid air.

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