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Volume 1, Pages 10-10

Whither Acid Rain?

School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK

Copyright © 2000 Peter Brimblecombe.


Acid rain, the environmental cause célèbre of the 1980s seems to have vanished from popular conscience. By contrast, scientific research, despite funding difficulties, has continued to produce hundreds of research papers each year. Studies of acid rain taught much about precipitation chemistry, the behaviour of snow packs, long-range transport of pollutants and new issues in the biology of fish and forested ecosystems. There is now evidence of a shift away from research in precipitation and sulfur chemistry, but an impressive theoretical base remains as a legacy.