Acid Rain. What is it?. Acid rain is rain, snow or fog that is polluted by acid in the atmosphere and damages the environment. Two common air pollutants acidify rain: sulphur dioxide (SO 2 ) and nitrogen oxide (NO).
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Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are the main pollutants that cause acid rain. These pollutants are given off largely by the combustion of fossil fuels.
Reducing the use of fossil fuels therefore, including the use of electricity generated by coal- and oil-fired power plants, will help reduce acid rain-causing emissions. The following are some more specific suggestions on what you, as an individual, can do: