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The Resource Acid Earth : The Global Threat of Acid Pollution

Acid Earth : The Global Threat of Acid Pollution

Acid Earth : The Global Threat of Acid Pollution
Acid Earth
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The Global Threat of Acid Pollution
Acid rain was one of the major environmental issues of the 1980s. But while industrialized countries have taken measures to reduce the emissions that lead to acidification, the problems have not gone away. Trees are still dying, lakes are still being made uninhabitable; buildings are still corroding; and human health is still suffering. The most worrying trend is the repetition in the industrializing countries of Asia and Latin America of the problems that have long afflicted Europe and North America. More than 10 years after it was first published, the highly acclaimed Acid Earth still provides the only global view of acidification, and remains the standard text on the subject. Chapters on the causes, effects and growing scientific understanding of acid pollution, and the possible solutions, are followed by detailed studies of the political struggles involved in responding to acid damage in western and eastern Europe, the US and the newly industrializing countries. Written in non-technical language for people interested in the problems of the environment, Acid Earth calls for a renewed sense of public and political will to bring the problems of acid pollution under control. The book also makes valuable reading for specialists and students. Originally published in 1992
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  • Cover -- About the Author -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Table of Contents -- Abbreviations and Acronyms -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1. The Formation of Acids -- Post-war research -- The formation of acids -- Emission: what goes up must come down -- Transport and transformation -- Measuring acidity -- Dry and wet phase reactions -- The linearity debate -- Deposition -- 2. Acid Damage -- Forests: major declines all over Europe -- Lakes, rivers and fish: declining signs of life -- Plants and crops: the effects of ozone -- Human health: killer smogs -- Corrosion: cultural heritage under attack -- 3. Reducing and Controlling Acid Pollution -- Using low-sulphur oil and coal -- Control before combustion -- Control during combustion -- Cutting vehicle emissions -- Energy conservation -- Liming: treating the symptoms -- Liming soils and groundwater -- Policy implications: the costs of pollution control -- 4. Acid Pollution as an International Issue -- The Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution -- Stockholm 1982: a change of heart -- Ottawa and Munich 1984: the birth of the 30% Club -- Helsinki 1985: the convention is given teeth -- Amsterdam 1986 and Sofia 1988: progress on NOx control -- A decade of progress: 1979-1989 -- 5. The United Kingdom - Thatcherism and the Environment -- Emissions and damage -- The 1984 Commons and Lords reports -- Lord Marshall, Margaret Thatcher and the Scandinavians -- Acid rain and the policy process -- 6. Western Europe -the Community Approach -- The EC: the organization most likely to succeed -- Dealing with EC vehicle emissions -- Acid pollution in the EC: a country-by-country report -- Scandinavia and the rest of Western Europe -- 7. North America - A Fall-out among Friends -- United States: two out of three states affected -- The Reagan years: a legacy of neglect
  • Canada: putting its own house in order -- Bilateral problems, bilateral controls -- 8. The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe - Socialism and Pollution -- The Soviet Union: the world's biggest polluter -- East Germany: highest per capita S02 emissions on earth -- Czechoslovakia: a catalogue of horrors -- Poland: the world's most polluted country? -- Hungary and the rest of Eastern Europe -- 9. The Third World - Pollution and Development -- The choking cities of the Third World -- The Asian miracle: productivity and pollution -- Latin America: pockets of heavy pollution -- Southern Africa: pollution on the highveld -- Conclusion -- Index
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