Really strong acid rain can burn your skin. More commonly, acid rain creates smog and is a significant health hazard. What happens is that sulphur dioxide reacts with water vapour and other chemicals in the air to form very fine particles of sulphate which are a key component in smog. Acid rain also can pollute water sources.
Unfortunately acid rain is just like clean rain but only in the way it looks, feels and tastes. The part where they differ is in the not so obvious aspects, the content and things they’re made of.
All the good things that make regular rain (which is really just liquid precipitation of the Earth’s atmosphere) are good for us and the Earth. All the things that make acid rain are not.
The things that make rain acid are contaminants including sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) that are harmful and toxic. Like missgreen mentioned, these gases mix with the atmosphere and form fine particles (invisible to the human eye) that we then breathe in. Studies have linked the inhalation of these particles with sicknesses such as asthma, bronchitis and even early death due to heart and lung disorders.
Acidification of fishing water due to acid rain has an adverse effect on human health because it can increase the conversion of mercury to methylmercury. This means that more will accumulate in the fish we eat. According to the EPA “Outbreaks of methylmercury poisonings have made it clear that adults, children, and developing fetuses are at risk from ingestion exposure to methylmercury,” which can cause damage to the nervous system resulting in impaired vision, speech, walking and muscle movement to name a few.
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