What can we do about pollution
from power plants and other sources? That is the question
members for the Alliance for a Clean Environment are asking.
Since the enactment of the Clean Air Act's Acid Rain
Control Program, the emission of sulfur dioxide continues.
The impact of these emissions
varies. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that
nearly half of the 2,800
lakes and ponds in the Adirondack Park will become so acidic
that most aquatic life will die by the year 2040. Others
from the Alliance cite the growing number of health related
issues caused by power plant emissions.
Because of your group’s
interests in a clean environment, you have been asked by
the Alliance to investigate the
impact of sulfur dioxide and other aerosol emissions in
your area. Your research should provide information related
to the extent of contamination in your area. If you determine
that there is a problem, your report should provide appropriate
Responsible NASA official:
Melinda Cagle, Science Manager, CALIPSO