Humanity and the Weather

Water Pollution

Who first described the phenomenon of acid rain?

Scottish chemist Robert Angus Smith (1817–1884), who was very interested in water pollution and other issues regarding the environment and public health, conducted research in which he discovered, in 1852, that air pollution was causing acid rain. Smith also helped found the discipline of chemical climatology and was the author of the influential 1872 book Air and Rain.

Acid rain destroyed trees in the Bavarian Forest, but pollution controls are helping the forest to recover somewhat.

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