Risk from rain

时间:2019-03-02 01:13:01166网络整理admin

Up to half of British soils, vegetation and surface waters could still be at risk from acid rain early next century, after the completion of the 60 per cent cuts in emissions of sulphur dioxide now under way. The finding is published by Friends of the Earth, based on research by Earth Resources, a consultancy. The claim that 47 per cent of Britain will remain at risk is based on an assessment of the ‘critical loads’ of acid rain that ecosystems can tolerate. The report’s author Andrew Tickle says that his method is the same as that used in several European countries. But it contrasts strongly with a calculation by the British government that only 8 per cent of the country will be at risk. Negotiations for a new UN agreement on transboundary pollution, which will revolve around these calculations, begin in Geneva in March. According to Tickle,