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The Watt Committee on power turned energetic in of the consequences on constructions, for example. Proposals the research of Acid Rain in the course of 1982. probably the for motion may still for that reason be aware of measures purely element of the topic that has turn into extra that promise a true development because of sure through the next 5 years is that the expenditure. expression 'Acid Rain' is used loosely in public The Watt Committee's learn of this topic has been in levels. the 1st handled the character debate for a fancy of business and environ­ psychological phenomena. between those, Acid Rain within the of the matter, and culminated within the book straight forward that means of the words-rain and of Watt Committee document No. 14 in 1984. that maybe snow having a considerably excessive point of file used to be divided into 4 sections, every one of acidity-is of basically constrained significance. to symbolize which was once ready by way of a sub-group of the operating this angle, accordingly, the Watt Committee Ex­ crew: they dealt respectively with the destiny of air­ borne pollutants, plants and soils, clean water ecutive determined that the learn resulting in the current record could be entitled 'Air toxins, Acid Rain and remedial method. within the moment section, those and the Environment'. sub-groups have introduced their sections updated The Watt Committee's curiosity in Acid Rain and a 5th sub-group was once appointed to review arises from the truth that, between its factors, the constructions and non-living materials.

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In general the former are dominated by certain insects, Plecoptera, Trichoptera and Diptera, and the latter by Ephemeroptera, Mollusca and Crustacea. Harriman & Morrison (1982) showed that in a group of streams which they studied similar numbers were present but Ephemeroptera nymphs were absent or rare in streams with low pH and high dissolved aluminium levels. Stoner et al. , 1987). Using TWINSPAN, results showing impoverishment of invertebrate communities have been obtained for streams in several parts of the UK.

Acid Depositions in the United Kingdom. Warren Spring Laboratory, Stevenage. BATTARBEE, R. W. (1984). Diatom analysis and the acidification of lakes. Phil. Trans. R. , B305, 451-77. BATTARBEE, R. W. & CHARLES, D. F. (1986). Diatombased pH reconstruction studies of acid lakes in Europe and North America: a synthesis. , 30, 347-54. BATTARBEE, R. , FLOWER, R. , STEVENSON, A. C. & RIPPEY, B. (1985). Lake acidification in Galloway: a palaeoecological test of competing hypotheses. , 314,350-2. BATTARBEE, R.

C: + + 1585 + + 50 + + 60 + 70 + + + + + + + 80 10 20 10 10 10 20 10 20 Percent Fig. 2. + + 40 15. 0 pH Diatom diagram and pH reconstruction for the Round Loch of Glen head, Galloway, South Wear, Scotland (from Flower & Battarbee, 1983). 27 Freshwater indicate a 30% reduction in sulphate for areas of central Sweden. In Canada most attention has been paid to the effect of reduced S02 emissions from the Sudbury smelter. , 1988). In Sweden, Forsberg et af. reported a 2050% decline in sulphate concentrations for a number oflakes and a maximum 47% decline in H+ concentration in two lakes.

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