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Reducing acid rain

The following actions could help to reduce the production of acid rain:

    1. Reduce emissions:
  • Burn fewer fossil fuels in power stations and find other sources of energy
  • Reduce the number of cars on the roads
  • Remove sulphur dioxide from power station chimneys using water
    and limestone. This process is expensive but is being adopted
  • Fit catalytic converters to cars to remove nitrogen oxides from the exhaust fumes.
    2. Find alternative sources of energy
  • Nuclear power stations do not release the large quantities of polluting
    gases given off by fossil fuels, but they create nuclear waste, which needs to be disposed of safely
  • Research new ways to produce electricity
  • Use more solar and wind energy – particularly in sunny or windy countries.

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