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Was acid rain "debunked" or something? It was once such a big issue.
reply to post by peck420
Due to some fairly aggressive controls put into place (starting: 1983 Canada, 1990 USA) the amount and severity of acid rain in North America has been greatly diminished. That being said, acid rain is still a significant issue in Asia, and there is the potential for an emergence of acid rain issues in North America due to the BP oil spill. Edit to add: Here is a quick image of sulfate deposits 1989-91 vs 2007-09 Wet Sulfate Deposits
Those who live long and pay attention will get to see them come around again like a comet.
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All of this nature stuff though. That's our fault. And the only way to fix it, according to government, is to give more money to the guys with all the guns and jails. Makes sense to me.
Originally posted by Lemon.Fresh
Reply to post by C0bzz
Because moneys fixes everything!
Oh. I guess you did not get the memo. Global Warming is out. Climate Change is in.
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