FACTS AND UNCERTAINTIES ABOUT ACID RAIN
This is a review of the topic "acidic depositions". It points out the areas of well established facts and other fields still open to debate and therefore requiring further research. Damages caused by acidic depositions are: - Loss in fish stocks. - Deterioration of stones and structural materials. Neither human health effects, nor crop losses can be clearly linked to acid rain. Acid deposition may be a cofactor of: - Forest damages in Central Europe. No prejudice could be established in Scandinavia. There are areas of future concern: - Soil acidification, and - Surface and ground water quality deterioration. The lack of reliable source - receptor relationships and the insufficiency of trend information does not allow firm opinions. These are other areas for future research. The probable money value of the losses is evaluated. The technical means to curtail emissions are available. Their application would represent about 10 per cent additional expense to the actual energy bills. Some actions of the Commission of the European Communities to safeguard the future and to promote research are discussed.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 10563 EN (1986) MF, 54 P., BFR 150, BLOW-UP COPY BFR 275, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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Record Number: 1989125072800 / Last updated on: 1987-12-01
Available languages: en