Less acid rain is good for the environment, but potentially bad for bread, cereals and pasta.
The rules the Trump administration loves to criticize have made life better and healthier for millions of Americans.
As another new gold mine is proposed in the province, conservation groups are concerned its construction could decimate protected habitat for at-risk species.
New blends of marine fuels designed to reduce acid rain-causing sulphur emissions have instead increased emissions of “super pollutant" black carbon.
A reproducing population of brook trout has been discovered in a tiny lake in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness for the first time since the lake was declared fishless because of acid rain 32 years ago, New York state officials said.
One of the first environmental heroes I ever met was an unusual man named Dan Smiley.
Damage to trees from acid rain. (Credit: Pixabay, Creative Commons License)<p>As decades passed, Smiley's measurements were bolstered by more methodical science. Enter Gene Likens.</p><p>Talk about a backdrop for heroes, Likens grew up in a log cabin on his family's Indiana farm. His early ambition mirrored a Gene Hackman character, the high school basketball coach in the movie <em>Hoosiers.</em> But a college mentor steered him to more cerebral pursuits, eventually landing him at New Hampshire's Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF) in 1960.</p><p>Along with HBEF founder F.H. Bormann and others, Likens discovered that rain and snowfall around Hubbard Brook were 100 times more acidic than normal. </p><p>Likens expanded his studies to New York's Finger Lakes and Adirondack Mountains. Evidence of acid rain damage turned up in Eastern Europe, China, and elsewhere – damage not just to nature, but to granite statues and building facades.</p>
Sherwood Boehlert (Credit: US Gov)<p>This brings us to Sherwood Boehlert, a 12-term Congressman from acid rain-ravaged upstate New York whose strong environmental views earned him the nickname "The Green Hornet."</p><p>Boehlert was an effective voice for the environment, championing the 1990 strengthening of the Clean Air Act, including strong action to rein in acid precipitation. He was an early adapter on climate change, and a major advocate for higher fuel efficiency, improved mass transit and intercity rail.</p><p>Oh did I mention that Sherry Boehlert is a Republican? From 2001 to 2006, he was the last Republican chair of the House Science Committee who did not seemingly treat science like it was in poor taste.</p>
The gray trunks of red spruce trees killed by acid rain once heavily scarred the mountain forests of the Northeast. Now those forests are mostly green.
Researchers estimate a climate effort in the Northeast U.S. helped the region reduce toxic air pollution and avoid hundreds of asthma and autism cases, preterm births, and low birth weights.