Acid rain 2000+/-1000

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This essay will be not so much concerned with temporal changes in acid rain as the intellectual thinking that has surrounded it. The span of this interest will extend from the historic past to an imagined future, in an account that will look at the origins of ideas and potential futures within a number of themes rather attempt a linear chronology. From the scientific perspective, I wish to consider the notions of composition, acidity and neutralization within the atmosphere. The effects on health, vegetation, fauna, soil, ecosystems and built environments need to be treated across increasingly long time spans. The popular perceptions of acid rain have changed and influenced public interest, education and activism.

The written account here derives from a heavily illustrated talk given in Tsukuba at Acid Rain 2000. The pictorial materials cannot readily be reproduced as text, so I have tried to capture the spirit of that presentation rather than its exact content.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-30
Number of pages6
JournalWater, Air, and Soil Pollution
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2001

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