acid rain


Definition of acid rain

: rain that has increased acidity caused by environmental factors (such as atmospheric pollutants)

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trees damaged by acid rain
Recent Examples on the Web By banning the use of sulfur-heavy fuel oil, the rule intended to reduce pollutants that contribute to acid rain and smog. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 13 May 2021 In the 1970s and 1980s, burning coal released huge amounts of sulfur dioxide, causing acid rain. David Carlin, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 The impact ejects 100 billion tons of vaporized sulfur and 10,000 Lake Superiors worth of water into the atmosphere, which then condenses into massive storm clouds and falls back as torrents of acid rain. Cody Cassidy, Wired, 9 Apr. 2021 It’s also linked to skin and respiratory ailments, cancer and blood disorders, and acid rain, which erodes steel roofs and threatens agriculture. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 22 Mar. 2021 Kerry was part of the first Earth Day in Massachusetts in 1970 and took an interest in acid rain after he was elected the state’s lieutenant governor in 1982. Globe Staff,, 22 Jan. 2021 An important set of amendments in 1990 helped America make a big dent in its acid rain problem, join the global effort to shrink the stratospheric ozone hole, and reduce emissions of many toxic chemicals. Beth Gardiner, Environment, 29 Dec. 2020 The study said that the impacts can create conditions that would stress and potentially kill off land and marine life, including widespread dark and cold, wildfires, acid rain and ozone depletion. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2020 The Spruce plant also emits far more sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides — the compounds that can cause acid rain, haze and respiratory problems — than the rest of CPS’s power plants combined, according to EIA data. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of acid rain

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of acid rain was in 1845

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“Acid rain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of acid rain

: rain that contains dangerous chemicals because of smoke from cars and factories

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Medical Definition of acid rain

: acid precipitation especially in the form of rain

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