For almost a month, the ongoing saga of the eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has captured the attention of world media. Fountains of red-orange fire, lava flows, and a recent ash-plume explosion destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee the area. But media warnings about dangerous acid rain resurrected a long-believed myth of the environmental movement.CBS and CNN ran with headlines listing acid rain as a danger from the Kilauea eruption. US News said, “Acid rain could be the next threat Hawaii residents face in the coming days…”CNN stated “if you do come in contact with acid rain, wash it off as soon as possible.”The specter of acid rain makes for sensational headlines, but there is no evidence that anyone has ever been directly harmed by acid rain.Scientists measure the acidity or alkalinity of solutions using a 14-point logarithmic scale, called the pH scale. Water is neutral with a pH of 7. Battery acid has a pH of … [Read more...] about Guest view: The myth of dangerous acid rain
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Steam and gas rise from the Kilauea volcano’s summit crater Tuesday in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Geologists warned Wednesday that Kilauea could erupt explosively and send boulders, rocks and ash into the air around its summit in the coming weeks. (Jae C. Hong/AP) Among the many threats Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano poses — dangerous sulfur dioxide concentration, lava flowing through neighborhoods, boulders-turned-ballistic missiles — is acid rain, says the U.S. Geological Survey. But it’s not as bad as it sounds. It’s not going to “rain acid” on the Big Island. There wouldn’t be enough of it to do much more environmental harm than what occurs there on a daily basis (Kilauea has been erupting since 1983, after all). And it’s certainly not going to melt plants and burn your skin, says Daniel Jacob, professor of atmospheric chemistry at Harvard University. “Sulfur dioxide in surface air is not good for … [Read more...] about Harmful acid rain in Hawaii? Probably not. The clouds of sulfur dioxide are much worse.
As Hawaii residents are dealing with earthquakes, lava flows, and new fissures, they are also facing the new threat of acid rain throughout this week as a rain-producing weather system moves across the islands, according to The Weather Channel. Authorities have already been warning residents about the high levels of toxic sulfur dioxide being released from more than a dozen fissures which have opened up in the Leilani Estates subdivision on the Big Island. The storm system is expected to approach Hawaii Thursday night and will increase the chance for rainfall, according to wweather.com meteorologist Linda Lam. Lam said moisture will remain over the region through the weekend which will result in several showers, making acid rain a real possibility. The U.S. Geological Survey said sulfur dioxide gas and other emitted gases from volcanos can react with a number of factors including oxygen, atmospheric moisture, and sunlight to create volcanic smog (vog) and acid … [Read more...] about After Earthquakes and Lava Flows, Hawaii Residents Now Facing Acid Rain
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Hawaii volcano: Acid rain will fall, but it won't be harmful — and 'vog' is in the forecast Acid rain is likely to fall from the skies in Hawaii over the next few days — but scientists say it won't be harmful and is far from the main volcano hazard residents should worry about. And vog, short for volcanic smog, is also likely to spread, meteorologists say. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Doyle Rice, USA TODAY Published 3:57 p.m. ET May 9, 2018 CLOSE Take a look inside the crater of an active volcano in Hawaii. USA TODAY CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL … [Read more...] about Hawaii volcano: Acid rain will fall, but it won’t be harmful — and ‘vog’ is in the forecast
Acid rain devouring New England forests. Homes built on toxic sites. Unswimmable rivers and cities cloaked in smog. The United States looked very different before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) arrived, but a recent Congressional bill calls for the agency’s abolition. So Americans may wonder: What would life be like without the EPA? In its 47 years of operation, the EPA has achieved dramatic improvements in the cleanliness of the nation’s air and water, among other accomplishments, said Sara Gregg, an associate professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Kansas. To accomplish this, however, the agency has imposed numerous regulations on industry, making itself a frequent target of critics. Last month, Congressman Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, gave those criticisms stark expression in a bill calling for the agency’s abolition on Dec. 31, 2018. In an email to fellow representatives about the bill, Rep. Gaetz said, “The … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo What would the U.S. look like without the EPA?