Acid Precipitation In Canada

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Arguably the most prevalent environmental issue of its time, pollution was effectively dealt with in that Canada reduced the levels of acid precipitation, water pollutants, and land wastes. Acid precipitation and its impacts are detrimental to both humans and wildlife alike but is a difficult issue to handle due to the large number of factors contributing to it. Despite this, Canada has effectively been able to lower levels of this weather phenomenon. Acid precipitation is the deposition of acidic substances on the earth’s surface and is caused by many chemicals including sulfuric acid synthesized from sulfur dioxide and nitric acid from nitrogen oxides. Sulfur dioxide is mainly emitted into the atmosphere by smelters in Sudbury that process copper and nickel. In 1983, “Canada adopted a target…show more content…
In 1985, Canada signed the “United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Helsinki Protocol” which demanded it reduce its sulphur compound emissions and thus the amount of acid precipitation by 1993. In addition, Canada also signed the Oslo Protocol which aimed to cap acidic emissions to 1.75 million tonnes in areas ravaged by acid precipitation. Canada evidently responds effectively to pollution in terms of acid precipitation in that it found the root cause, sulfur and nitrogen oxides, and uses various technologies and agreements to lower the levels at which they are emitted. Canada effectively sets goals such as the Oslo protocol that are realistic or achievable, specific, measurable, and reflect Canada’s fore thoughtfulness in that it recognizes the importance of non acidic water bodies for future generations. Canada responded effectively to pollution in terms of harmful substances being released in water bodies. These pollutants are classified as pathogens, nutrients, and toxic materials and many measures were taken to eliminate or lower the levels of these factors. For
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